Hi, I'm Krista, and welcome to another day of me thinking, WELL, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF THEY TAUGHT THAT IN SCHOOL!
So as your designated BuzzFeed mom, I am here to help us fill in the gaps with helpful how-tos using information from credible resources and experts. (I know this GIF is extremely overused, but it fits, sorry.)
I recently talked with Renae the Appliance Repair Tech about everything we need to know when it comes to caring for and cleaning your dishes with a dishwasher, but one important thing we didn't cover is how to properly load a dishwasher.
Before we get to the best technique, the first thing you ALWAYS want to do is refer to your dishwasher's user manual. This is because all dishwashers may look a little different when it comes to how they clean. In addition, you shouldn't prerinse your dishes; just simply scrape off food particles that could clog the sprayers.
Rinsing your dishes beforehand not only wastes water but also won't get your dishes as clean. (We aren't saying to put dishes in with heaping globs of ketchup on them, and you certainly don't want to put them in if the condiment grime has set on the dish overnight. This just pertains to fresh food messes that are going into the dishwasher right away.)
Now, using credible resources and Renae's insight, I've come up with a list of the main things you need to do to get the best clean: