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Is There a Correct Way to Unload a Dishwasher?

A dishwasher is filled with clean dishes and utensils.
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Everyone has their own methods for loading the dishwasher. From silverware position to what goes on the top rack, people know what they like. But when it comes to unloading a dishwasher, there don’t seem to be quite as many opinions.

So is there a correct way to unload a dishwasher? As it turns out, yes, there kind of is.

You should be unloading your dishes from the bottom to the top. Most standard dishwashers are designed for items like plastic leftover containers, bowls, cups, and mugs to be placed on the top rack.

If not packed perfectly or a high heat dry cycle run, you face the risk of water being trapped inside glasses, along the top of mugs, or in the crevices of containers. If you unload the top level first, water might fall and land on the dishes and silverware underneath.

Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid

A rinse aid can help prevent leftover water.

The best course of action is to start with your silverware. Then, unload the bottom rack, ensuring that there’s nothing that can get wet before moving to the top. If there is excess water on items, use a microfiber towel to dry them. Don’t put dishes away wet.

While leftover water shouldn’t be happening with a well-packed dishwasher, it’s always best to err on the side of caution, and of course, you can always use a rinse aid.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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