Dishwasher cutlery baskets hold your soiled utensils when they are being washed in the dishwasher. How well your utensils are washed depends primarily on the way you load the dishwasher cutlery baskets.
There are generally two racks that make up dishwasher cutlery baskets. The utensils that have been soiled the most should be placed in the lower basket. Avoid stacking utensils one above the other, this will not give the detergent enough surface to act on.
Plates should not touch each other and ensure that the other items are also not in close contact. This is because, in dishwasher cutlery baskets, when dishes are being washed using hot water, glass, china and plastics expand. This expansion could lead to cracks and distortions if they are in close contact and do not have sufficient space for expansion.
Cutlery made of different metals, such as steel and silver should be placed separately in the dishwasher cutlery baskets or you’ll end up damaging the silver. Also, when placing cutlery in the basket, mix the forks, spoons and knives together to ensure exposure to detergent. It also makes sense to keep knives with their handles pointed up for safety’s sake.
It is important to note that some utensils such as dishes that have been hand painted, some glassware, and certain plastics are not dishwasher friendly. Wooden utensils are strictly to be washed by hand. This is because the heat can cause them to warp. When the washing is done, unload the lower basket before the upper one to ensure that water from the upper rack does not drip down on the just-washed utensils in the lower basket.