questionsdo you put silverware in the dishwasher with…

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I always load them business-end up; handles down.

My logic is that there is more distance between the dirty parts and it allows more movement during the washing. I feel confident in that logic because my MIL loads them the other way (handles up) and I've seen utensils come out dirty and require rewashing.

FYI: I don't touch grimy nasty stuff. I simply hold it by the handle close to the basket, handle-side down, and drop it in. That problem wasn't too hard to solve, now was it?

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We always put them in both directions, up and down in the same load. Why? Because that's what the manual said to do :). And it seems to fit more. It works so we stick with it. But knives are always pointed up to hopefully not cut up to bottom of the basket.

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I have a fairly new dishwasher and the silverware basket has predetermined which way I put my silverware in. Everything goes in with the handles down except for my knives, they are handles up because they won't fit the other way. Now you have me thinking, maybe I should be putting my knives in the other utility basket. Anyway, I guess this is GE's way of telling us to always put the handles down. I would think they would cluster together if you put them in the other way, resulting in poorer cleaning.

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I usually don't have a preference except for knives. I try to keep them handles so that when I'm unloading and reach in to get the silverware out I don't stab myself. I've done it since I was a little kid, I guess some sort of self-preservation instinct from getting poked while doing my chores.

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Geeze, just when I thought I'd be able to sleep well tonight - now I have something else to worry about!!

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Handles down except knives which are sharp side down so I don't get cut when I remove them....

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I load them both directions. That way there's not as much of a chance for the spoons to lodge together and not get clean. Same goes for the forks. Knives I do pointy end down all the time so I don't stick myself when I'm reaching for the dishes when I put them away.

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Everything business end down, except for cutting knives, which are business end up (so as not to make a thousand tiny cuts on the silverware baskets). Besides, that's the way the dishwasher manual said to do it. This is a SERIOUSLY goofy question (and yet, I could not resist answering).

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I never really thought about it until my old roommate told me a story about how his dad reached to grab the clean silverware and cut his hand pretty bad on a knife blade sticking up. So I've always put the blades down after hearing that. This question is so SERIOUSLY silly!

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@iggz: You'll only cut yourself if the knives, blade up, are in the path of other utensils. Keep the blade-up knives in the rear basket for safety.

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Any knives I have that are sharp enough to get cut on are also expensive enough to never see the inside of a dishwasher.

The knives that one generally uses at a table just aren't that sharp.

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@gregorylikescheapstu: I'd never cut myself anyway. I'm not a big, clumsy idiot. I just did it to please my roommate because he obsessed over it. And thanks for the advice, but I'm not much of a utensil organizer.

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sharp knives, handles up
everything else, handles down.

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Thanks for the responses, chums. I think I'll try handles down for a while. I remember my folks always did handles up, but maybe that was on old-school dishwashers that didn't have very good sprayers (if any) on the top rack so putting the nasty ends closest to the bottom sprayer was probably best at the time. The last thing I need is for guest to say "ur doing it wrong" when they see the contents of my dishwasher. Majority here says handles down, so now I have precedent for my case.
Although...I suppose I'll have to wash my hands really good before unloading the silverware because I'll have to touch the ends that go into persons' mouths... As I look around the table at my guests, I'll know that I've touched each and every spoon and/or fork they're nomming on...do they know? Should I tell 'em?... How does it taste? Yeah, you ingest my dead finger cells, bacteria, or whatever else may have been on my "clean" fingers when I unloaded the dishwasher. You like that, don't ya?

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@bsmith1: I assume you've also cooked for these guests, right? So there's already trust on their part that you maintain clean hands when handling things that they're putting in their mouths.

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There are some items that poke through the bottom of the basket; sometimes it is the handle and sometimes the point of a knife. I place them up or down accordingly. If spoons can go either way, I try to put some up and some down so they will not nest. Larger utensils I put on the upper rack along the side as my machine has a wash arm up there too. It all depends on the baskets one has.

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Ask my girlfriend

Kidding, I'm the Anal Retentive Chef when if comes to kitchen cleanliness. Handles up, BTW, but i've done it the other way too, not really partial either way. I think it really depends on your type of dishwasher, but in the end I think they're prolly both sufficient enough to do the job.

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@woothulhu: "both sufficient enough"?

And you call yourself anal retentive?? ;-)

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Spoons/forks/serving tools are all in handles down.
Knives are handles up so you don't slice your hand getting them out.
They still get clean either way.

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I must be the only person that does them all handles up...

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Apparently some people study the crap out of things like this...

The Rochester Institute of Technology says that you should:
- Scrape off as much food from the surface of the dishes as possible.
- Place larger and dirtier items on the bottom rack.
- Place glasses, cups, and less soiled items on the top rack.
- Load plates and glasses so they aren’t touching each other.
- Put cutlery (forks, spoons, etc.) in the basket with the handles facing downwards. Put knives in the basket with the handles facing upward.

Source: http://www.theinternetpatrol.com/the-definitive-guide-to-how-to-load-a-dishwasher/#ixzz1JQtg33Cz

I too have read a bunch of articles that all contradict, so I stick with:
• handles down so the parts you ate with get the least obstructed spray
• mixed contents of each compartment so that like-utensils don't "nest"
• no sharp knives in the dishwasher -- it dulls the blades quicker; they're washed immediately after use and towel dried after drip drying for a few minutes.

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@perkalicious11: And there you have it, everything you've ever wanted to know about loading the dishwasher. But who says they are right?

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There are rationales for loading them either way. Handles down will drain the last of the water by gravity away from the end that goes in one's mouth. Many people like this idea - however - the water in most dishwashers will sanitize it all anyways. Handles up will put the washing jets closer to the "business end" for cleaning, and prevent whomever unloads the dishwasher from grabbing the eating surface with their fingers / hands - that we hope are gloved or at least washed if they are touching those surfaces. If there are wooden handles - they should always be loaded handle up if you want to try to prevent residual water from softening and bloating the wood.

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when kids and the elderly are involved, all sharp knives and all forks should be placed down. They don't see like things like we do. My mother was cut pretty bad from a steak knife.

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To all of you who put the handles down when loading the dishwasher, you're defeating the purpose of washing the silverware with the handles down, because when you put the eating utensils away, how do you not touch the surface of the forks knives and spoons when removing them from the dishwasher? I've been loading dishwashers my whole life and I've stuck forks in my hand way too many times to count. I've never had a problem with the utensils being dirty after washing them withe the utensils down.

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I do handles up with spoons and forks and all knives at my house. At my son's house...as at his mother-in-law's..handles down because that is the way they like to do it, but I don't like to have to stick my hand in the basket to load or unload the flatware to grab the handles.

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GE says handles up for forks and knives for safety: http://www.geappliances.com/search/google/infobase/10000411.htm.

I do everything handles up.

Image being at a restaurant and missing a piece of silverware. The waiter brings you a replacement saying, "This is straight from the washer." Hence, the waiter is holding the silverware by the business end because they load the washer handles down. How would you react?

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@amm811: I'd react as any sane person would in that situation: