There is an ongoing debate in my household about the “best” way to load the dishwasher. I just put the dishes in. Apparently that is not exactly right. Apparently it is very important to stack them using a very complex logarithm that maximizes the mean number of individual dishes that can be wedged into every nook and corner. It does not seem to matter much to this particular member of my household (who shall remain nameless) that the dishes do not get as clean when there are 537 of them in a single load. I end up putting them through the dishwasher again a second time when this unnamed person leaves the house.
I think the dishes come out bright spanky super-clean when I load the dishwasher the “not as right” way. Especially when I use the pre-wash cycle.
Before activating pre-wash, be sure to check the back of the dishwasher for something scary:
Activate pre-wash. (Note the cat looks disgusted about the whole spectacle.)
Handy tip: the pre-wash is also self-cleaning. (Even the top of the nose.)
Note To Self: set the real sanitize button after every pre-wash.
Jamie Scruton said:
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Jane Bretl said:
Jaime, glad you stopped by! You’ve already found that the dishwasher information here only includes dogs (!), but I hope you find other topics of interest. Have fun!
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Great photos! Our dogs wish they could get away with that, but they usually are pretty full by the time the 3 year old is done with dinner!
Thanks Donna! I do also have a very clean kitchen floor, thanks to the hoover-nose
Karen from Mentor said:
I don’t have any idea why my time stamp is four hours off, it’s only actually 8:43pm. (and I’m already sleepy)
Karen from Mentor said:
‘I went back up and looked at the cat. It looks to me like she’s saying “nice butt”.
Does a guy dare venture in here? Given that I plan the meals, do the shopping, cook and clean-up (that includes cooking for days I am traveling for business), I’ll risk it.
First, I think we misread the cat. I am not sure it is a look of “disgust”. Perhaps just the mere “contempt” of a supervisor for the supervisee.
Second, you don’t address the _real_ dishwasher issue, which of course is to thoroughly rinse before loading or not? (We don’t have a pre-wash cycle in our household, maybe that is why we have this other debate…)
Guys welcome!! You may be right about the cat; it is hard to pin down whether she feels disgusted, contempt-ful(?), perplexed, nauseated, offended, irked, or just jealous that her tongue cannot reach the dishes. I love her dearly, but come to think of it, she always has a mildly displeased look on her face. I think it is just her face.
Rinsing, not rinsing, loads run full, loads run half empty — this is a veritable pandora’s dishpan of controversy!
We used to let Lexi lick the dishes, but then came the first time she blew her coat. She does not fool around when she sheds twice a year – wafting hair that gets into everything. We had to stop letting her in the kitchen, figuring at least our dinners should be hair-free. (She just stands at the entry and looks dejected. She wants to be a short-haired dog.)
whoa, I had never heard the term “blew her coat” before — I held my breath for a nano-second to see if it meant the same thing as “tossed her cookies”
I have the same problem at my place. Darn engineers.
Carla, Good thing those engineers are so wonderful in so many other ways!! (Besides, I’m not naming names at my house — it could be anyone.)
Karen from Mentor said:
What “something scary” would be in the back of the dishwasher?
Also, does the prewash sneeze when it runs into vinegar or salad dressing?
Loved the pictures.
Once, the dishwasher “grabbed” into the dog tags on her collar, and when she backed away, the entire bottom rack came clattering along with her. Big racket. Since then, she checks for monsters carefully.
Ok, my hubby is very good about doing his share of the dishes. In fact he is a can’t-go-to-bed-with-dishes-in-the-sink kind of guy (yay, for me). So I know when I walk in the kitchen and the dishes are all neatly piled up in the side of the sink closest to the dish washer that it is my job to put them in. He will run the washer “not full”. I think we need to get as many dishes in as possible. So I pack it, Tetris-style. They all go in, even if I have to take a bunch out in order to get them all in. I have not had the problem of them coming out not clean—except recently, and the more I think about that, I think I forgot to put soap in.
My husband calls loading the dishwasher one of my “super-powers”. (He is sort of a super-hero-fan kind of guy.)
Loved your blog. And your prewash cycle!
Good — you go, girl, giving us the loader’s point of view! Packing it “Tetris-style” puts a whole new spin on it… Thanks, terrepruitt! Your hero handle could be The SuperLoader?