Dishes do not need to be pre-rinsed before being loaded into the dishwasher. Scrape of excess food but skip the pre-rinsing. Most modern dishwashers are designed for food particle removal. No rinsing is needed unless your dishes and cookware have been left sitting out for several hours. In that case, you may need to soak them in soapy water to loosen particles before loading into the dishwasher.
Loading a dishwasher:
- The spray arms are optimized so the water is applied toward the center of the tub and away from the walls.
- Large pans or dishes may block the water flow. These should be placed on the edges of the rack to achieve best performance.
- Cutlery should be loaded into the cutlery basket with the end that touches the food facing up. This promotes better water circulation.
- Plates, dishes and cookware should have exposed surfaces facing the spray arms on the lower rack. Place the dirtiest side of the item facing the source of the water spray.
- Pots should be placed upside down.
- Cutting boards should be placed on the outermost part of the lower rack, making sure not to block the detergent dispenser.
- Load glasses mugs and cups on the upper rack, making sure to leave space between them as the water spray can cause them to shift.
- Lay long utensils and knives on the upper rack to prevent interference with the spray arms
- Don't let large items cover small items, like cups or upside-down flatware.