It’s not just a novelty feature; there are actual reasons why it’s better to place your silverware in the rack rather than the basket in the dishwasher.
While everyone has their own preferred approach to loading and unloading the dishwasher, it turns out that there is indeed a correct method—at least when it comes to loading.
So, the next time you find yourself in a debate with your roommate, parent, or significant other about dishwasher etiquette, you can confidently present the official answer.
In case you haven’t noticed, modern dishwashers have undergone some convenient upgrades, and one significant change is the replacement of traditional utensil baskets with a silverware rack.
What is the purpose of the silverware rack in your dishwasher?
If you haven’t encountered one before, the silverware rack is typically a separate compartment, similar to a third drawer, that can be pulled out in your dishwasher specifically designed for cleaning utensils.
It may have a foldable design or be entirely removable to facilitate the loading process.
Why is it better to place your silverware in the rack instead of the basket? Before you argue in favor of the silverware basket, there are reasons why the rack offers a safer and more efficient way to wash your utensils.
According to a review by USA Today, your silverware will come out much cleaner because it lies flat in the rack and doesn’t “nest” as it would in the basket. Additionally, using the silverware rack provides more space for larger dishes like cookie sheets or plates and doesn’t obstruct the water jets.
How should you organize your silverware in the rack?
While the third rack is a proven cleaning hack for utensils, there is a proper way to organize it, as recommended by appliance manufacturer General Electric.
The rack is intended for silverware, cooking utensils, and other small items. It’s also suitable for loading spatulas, shallow lids, and platters.
However, it’s important to avoid allowing different materials to touch in the rack, as it can potentially cause discoloration.
Are there any drawbacks to using the silverware rack?
When using a silverware rack, it’s crucial to remember to unload it.
If you’re not accustomed to using the third pull-out drawer, there’s a chance you might forget about it altogether and accidentally neglect to empty it out.
Loading the silverware rack might also take a bit more time.
You can’t simply toss the utensils from your sink into the drawer; you need to be more intentional about organizing the rack to prevent discoloration or unnecessary stacking that could hinder proper cleaning.
Like anything else, the silverware rack has its advantages and disadvantages.
While you might be attached to your silverware basket, there’s no denying that when used correctly, the rack offers superior cleaning results, especially when it comes to ensuring your forks and spoons are as clean as possible before using them.
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