The Hardest Objects to Load into a Dishwasher

The most difficult objects to load in the dishwasher

Each of us have some secrets in our closets. No, we’re not talking about guilty secrets, but the odd objects we’ve got at the back of the kitchen cupboards. Those ramekins we were given as a present that we never use, that weirdly shaped glass that you’re not sure where it came from…they remain relegated to the back shelves for years. They sit there gathering dust not just because they are unusable, but for another reason as well – they are difficult to clean. So here’s presenting some useful tips that will make it easier to load these items in your dishwasher so that they get a good cleaning.

It’s always better to start loading the washer at the bottom with taller and heavier items, then adding other items like cups, glasses and plastics in the upper shelf.

Pots and Pans

Larger items such as pots and pans must always be loaded on the bottom shelf in your washer. Items like oven racks and baking trays can be slotted into the shelf at the sides, so that they don’t end up blocking water and also leave enough room for you to load other items. Pots normally take up a lot of room, so make sure you place them strategically so that they consume lesser space and also still be cleaned inside and outside.


It is safe to stack most glasses on the top shelf, but do ensure that the glasses are dishwasher safe before you do so. But some tall glasses, like champagne flutes or juice jugs cannot be stacked on the top, so they must be placed at the bottom to make place for the other items.


People often load spoons, forks and ladles wrongly in the washer. Always place forks and spoons with the handle end downwards into the cutlery tray. Knives are much easier – you can place them any way you want, but they are easier to remove if the handle faces up. Meanwhile, larger items like ladles, spatulas, and tongs should be loaded properly so that they don’t cause any problems. It is best to leave these longer items lying down on the top shelf in between the cups and glasses.


Not all plastic items are dishwasher safe. If your washer is an older model with an exposed heating element – it is usually found at the bottom in these models – your plastic items could warp and be damaged if placed on the bottom shelf. So it is a better idea to wash your plastic items with the cups and glasses on the top shelf.

Odds and ends

Your kitchen also has other oddly-shaped items such as egg cups, or asymmetric plates. These will require a bit of trial and error on your part before you find the perfect placement for them in the washer. It is usually safe to stack these items in the bottom shelf, but do ensure that you create enough space in the middle so that you do not end up blocking the flow of water.

So there you have it – our easy guide to washing the oddities in your kitchen! We hope that this guide helps you save time and effort, and that you can now regularly clean those items relegated to the back shelves of your kitchen cabinets. When they are regularly cleaned, they can also be brought to use when you have guests and other visitors.