End The War Over The Right Way To Load The Dishwasher

One of the things I had time to do over the Christmas break was read all the magazines sitting in a pile on my coffee table. The most life-changing tidbit was in Real Simple. It was about dishwashers.

I don’t have one right now, but when I lived with my boyfriend I did. And we both had strong opinions about how it should be operated (as I’m sure most of you do). As you might have guessed, our opinions were differing. I liked to do a lot of pre-rinsing before loading. He did not.

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, we were not alone. About 40 percent of couples argue about the proper way to load the dishwasher. The main points of contention are ahem, pre-rinsing and loading techniques. The debate is over once and for all. The RIGHT way to do both of those things after the jump.

Dishes are supposed to be scraped, but not rinsed, because the dishwasher needs the presence of food particles to work properly. Glasses should be placed on the top rack between the tines, not on top of them, so they don’t get dinged.

Publicly, I am admitting I was WRONG and he was RIGHT. Better late than never I suppose. You either have some gloating or apologizing to do right now.