Loading A Dishwasher Properly – With #FinishMaxIn1 Giveaway

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Loading A Dishwasher Properly #FinishMaxIn1

I have been washing dishes for a long time. When I was a young girl, doing the dishes was one of my chores. I am old enough to clearly remember a time when my parents had no dishwasher. How I hated washing dishes by hand. It took so much time! And all that water, wash dishes from a full family meal and it seemed like as much as you’d use in a shower! Sadly, it was a tedious chore that I’d have to deal with for a good number of years.

My parents gave us our first dishwasher when I was expecting my oldest child. He’s 19 years old now. The dishwasher was super simple and had a knob and maybe two buttons. It was so much better than washing dishes by hand. That old dishwasher got the job done for probably a good ten years or so. Then it started not getting the job done. And in the last two years, it became so ineffective that I’d wash things twice, or in the end just wash them by hand instead. Back to that chore I hated.

I was thrilled when we finally got a new dishwasher earlier this year. This bad boy has all sorts of buttons and settings. And best of all, it really gets the job done! After two days of use I was very grateful not to be doing dishes by hand. It wasn’t until I got this new dishwasher that I learned about the importance of loading the dishes in properly. And, wanting to keep my machine working well for a long time, I have been careful to use only products I know get the job done, such as Finish dishwashing detergent.

Loading A Dishwasher Properly #FinishMaxIn1

Finish recently came out with a new product – Finish Max in 1. This new automatic dish detergent offers powerful clean and shine for your glasses while also helping to prevent corrosion. Finish Max in 1 combines everything you need into one powerful little package. The product comes in a resealable bag, and each individual unit is unwrapped. The great thing about these being unwrapped is that they’re easy to get to. I don’t know about you, but when I’m loading up the dishwasher my hands are often damp from getting things out of the sink. When they are I often struggle to open up the little plastic wrappers that some detergents have. And no wrapper means no trash, so you’re minimizing your waste footprint.

Loading A Dishwasher Properly #FinishMaxIn1

I have been very pleased with the performance of Finish Max in 1. It’s very easy to use and very convenient. All you need to do to use it is know how to load a dishwasher properly and where to place the Finish Max in 1. Then, you just wait will it does its job. Speaking of loading the dishwasher, here are three tips on the best way to do that.

  • Before you load your dishwasher, you should scrape off the remaining food and dispose of it. The largest dirty dishes should be placed on the bottom rack so that they get good water flow. Face any stains towards the sprayer arms. I also place pots and pans on the bottom rack if they are dishwasher safe.
  • Stemware and cups should be placed into the dishwasher on an angle so water can run off the bottoms and dry properly.For dishwasher safe plastics, they should go in the top rack if your dishwasher has an exposed heating element, or anywhere you like if your dishwasher has a concealed heating element.
  • In my new dishwasher, silverware goes into baskets that have individual slots for each piece. I love this. Our old dishwasher only had one basket and the silverware used to nest together and almost always came out looking dirty. When placing silverware, knives should point downwards so that the person reaching into the dishwasher doesn’t get cut. Place spoons and forms in such a way that they have a little room around them and don’t nest into each other.

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32 comments

Debra September 30, 2015 - 4:47 pm

I must re-arrange the dishwasher about 2 times before I set it…hoping to get one more dish in there! I also put a rinse through it once a month.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle September 30, 2015 - 4:54 pm

This is a great tutorial. I’ve never met anyone who properly loads the dishwasher. That goes double for my husband and kids.

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Cathy C September 30, 2015 - 4:58 pm

I jam as many dishes in that I can and wash them 🙂

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MJ L September 30, 2015 - 5:01 pm

I run the dishwasher at least once a day and rinse before loading! I also use Finish tablets, love them!

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Raquel Beaty September 30, 2015 - 5:28 pm

One thing I have found with my dishwasher is that if I have plates that are thicker (anything not Corelle, pretty much) I need to put a space between them in order for them to get clean. Unfortunately, it cuts down on the amount of dishes I can put in my dishwasher. Also, if I put them too close together I have also noticed that the silverware (the silverware holder is in the door) doesn’t get as clean either. Someday, I’m switching to all Corelle so I can load up that dishwasher!

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valmg October 1, 2015 - 6:10 am

We had to do something similar with my old machine, and it took up almost half of the space. I have a couple of Corelle pieces and they wash nicely!

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Pam September 30, 2015 - 5:53 pm

I always have trouble making the kids and my husband load the dishwasher properly! We just got a new one so I am being very careful with load size and organization.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) September 30, 2015 - 6:58 pm

We just throw stuff in where ever there is room. Our dishwasher is a MESS!

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Jeanine September 30, 2015 - 7:17 pm

So important! We don’t have a dishwasher anymore so I don’t have to worry about it anymore but my kids would try to help and I’d always have to reload which got kind of annoying, but they tried!

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valmg October 1, 2015 - 6:08 am

I was the queen of reloading after hubby on the old one, so I just don’t let him touch the new one.

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Liz Mays September 30, 2015 - 8:19 pm

We go through a lot of dishwasher loads per week. It’s nice to be able to pop one of these in and not have to worry about the dishes!

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Stefany September 30, 2015 - 9:18 pm

My husband is really picky about the dishwasher. I just let him do it now! Ha! We always use Finish though.

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valmg October 1, 2015 - 6:07 am

I won’t let mine touch the new dishwasher. He just crams things in there,

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Maureen September 30, 2015 - 9:19 pm

We are pretty routine with how we load our dishwasher. I have taught the whole family the “right” way to do it!

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valmg October 1, 2015 - 6:08 am

Ugh, my hubby doesn’t understand there’s a right way, so I don’t let him touch the new dishwasher.

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jeannine d September 30, 2015 - 11:20 pm

I rinse the dishes off and then load the dishwasher

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Crystal October 1, 2015 - 12:58 am

Our current routine is to wash and dry. Someone put crayons in our dishwasher and we haven’t replaced it yet. It is so sad!

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valmg October 1, 2015 - 6:07 am

Oh now that is a bummer! I’m curious, did the color go everywhere?

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patricia Marsden October 1, 2015 - 6:44 am

Plastics in top along with long handled kitchen aids; glass, ceramics, and metal below; knives, forks, spoons and very small odds and ends in caddy.

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Rosey October 1, 2015 - 7:34 am

I never used a dishwasher at all until I moved down south recently. We had them in every house and I just preferred handwashing. Now that I’ve switched over, I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking. I love the dishwasher!

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Tracey October 1, 2015 - 1:03 pm

My dishwasher routine is that we run it every night after dinner. We always use Finish products as well!

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Christie October 1, 2015 - 1:21 pm

We need a better schedule for handling our dishwasher. These new dishwashing tabs look genius for a great clean

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Raijean October 1, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I love Finish Max! This product has gotten me out of many jams, it’s the only product I use.

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Ann B October 1, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Finish is the only detergent i use in my dish washer. I have a specific way to load my washer.

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Kelly Hutchinson October 1, 2015 - 6:21 pm

My husband and I take turns loading and unloading the dishwasher. We usually run it after dinner and empty it out in the morning.

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Elisabeth October 1, 2015 - 6:34 pm

I definitely have a set way I load the dishwasher! I’m really bad about unloading the clean dishes though, so the dirty dishes will set in the sink for a bit and then I’ll load them.

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Debbie L October 1, 2015 - 9:01 pm

I am going to give Finish Max a try. I love using the packs – makes adding detergent so easy and mess free

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Kristin October 1, 2015 - 10:25 pm

I use this and am completely satisfied for sure. Thank you for sharing.

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Toni | Boulder Locavore October 2, 2015 - 12:56 am

Finish is what we use in our dishwasher. It works really well. Thanks for the tips on how to properly load the dishwasher, too. 🙂

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Amber C. October 2, 2015 - 12:40 pm

oh I wish I had a dishwasher!! I would totally use Finish, I used it at my old apartment!

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maria s. October 3, 2015 - 2:24 am

I rinse everything first and then load the dishwasher. I try to keep the shelves as neat and organized as possible. I am a little bit obsessive when it comes to dishwashing.

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Staci A October 3, 2015 - 12:57 pm

I’d love to say I had more of a routine. I try to unload each morning, load each night and run it. But too often we forget!

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