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Save Time by Pre-Sorting Your Silverware When Washing

Simple Tip: Pre-Sort Your Silverware

Here's a simple tip that will leave you saying, "Doh! Why didn't I think of that!"

For some reason, unloading the dishes is one of my least favorite chores. That's why I'm always looking for ways to make it go by faster. I'm sure some of you have thought of this idea before, but it just came to me the other day. Instead of spending time sorting your silverware when unloading, why not separate it when loading the dishwasher. All the spoons in one, all the forks in another and voila! When it's time to unload the dishes, all you have to do is grab each section at a time. No more annoying sorting for you!

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Advah Advah 9 years
Argh Yum I'm with you, unloading dishes is like hell to me. I always do this, but then my flatmates arrive and make a mess of the rest, so most of the time I give up..
guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
you should never put your knives in the dishwasher as it dulls them. i do this already unless i'm feeling lazy. so sometimes i don't, and my husband (who didn't know this trick until he met me) comes behind and tells me i've done it wrong lol! i always put the heads of the utensils up rather than down because soap, dirty water, and food debris slide down the utensil where it's more likely to slide off the handle.
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
I've always done this, but for some reason, my boyfriend refuses to pre-sort. It's so frustrating putting stuff away when he loads the dishwasher!
Bebett Bebett 9 years
elysa, I only read the instruction manual because a friend and I had this same discussion. I think this was also discussed in one of Dear Heloise columns.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I always do this and just make them face in difdferent directions so they don't all stick together.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I would instinctively do this anyways...
emalove emalove 9 years
I'd never thought of this before! Great tip!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Some day I will have a dishwasher. sigh...
eightieslingo eightieslingo 9 years
My husband actually suggested this just a few days ago. How strange to see it on here now.
elysa elysa 9 years
I read this in my google reader and I was going to come comment to say what about if it all sticking together and now I must say I am impressed that Bebett read the instruction manual I've never heard of such!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
My MIL and hubby make fun of me for doing this! They think I'm crazy, but now I can show them this lovely post. :) Thanks, YumSugar!
SarahBethRN SarahBethRN 9 years
Yes, but watch out for nesting! They won't get clean if you don't pay attention.
Bebett Bebett 9 years
It seems intuitive to sort utensils as recommended above until I read my dishwasher's instruction manual. It states that this is not advisable because utensils have a tendency to nest or stick together -- especially in the case of spoons and teaspoons -- in which case they will not come out clean. Besides, I think the same effort is expended whether you sort before or after washing. So, I would rather go with mixing it up. Someone has also told me that it is advisable to put all utensils with their heads down so as to get the maximum burst of water -- nothing is said about this in my manual and I rather think water gets to it better when their heads are up and fanning out (except for sharp knives, of course). Some dishwashers have special baskets for knives where they are laid horizontally. They advise that you point the sharp ends toward the back of the dishwasher. One other tip that I thought was really good was that silver items should not come into contact with stainless steel as this will cause staining.
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
I'm with the mixing it up crowd. I don't like my utensils sticking together and possibly not getting clean. And the only ones I put in facing down are the steak knives, just because I read somewhere people have tripped and landed on them when they are facing up. Ack!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I do that too. I've done it since the first time I used the dishwasher. It just seems natural.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I totally do this. I think it drives my boyfriend crazy, but it saves so much time! And yes, I agree -- if things are sticking together, put half in upside down. Usually I just toss them in at random, so some are up and some are down.
beansandsyke beansandsyke 9 years
haha yeah i do this at home and at work
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I have always done this and my sister objects to it. She claims the silverware gets cleaner if it's mixed up in the holder. I always point out that I only have to run the dishwasher at her home once and the silverware and dishes are clean. Whereas she run it twice because things are clean the first time.
nancita nancita 9 years
Duh! You know, I have NEVER thought of this before! I don't currently own a dishwasher, but I can't wait to get one so I can sort of silverware like a pro.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I do it this way anyway
Marci Marci 9 years
Okay, this is the kind of tip that makes me want to smack myself in the head. WHY did I never think of this????
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
As a semi expert, put half the spoons in upside down.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i do this too! hkdkat and others who are concerned about cleanliness: it's not a problem at all! actually the only time i had a problem with anything like that was when wine glasses were too close together, because i lay them down on the top and they got smooshed together.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
This is a good idea, but I don't know if it would work for me. I'm sort of neurotic when it comes to loading the dishwasher and I have to make sure that all of the utensils are evenly spaced among the utensil slots. I'm crazy...I won't let my boyfriend load the dishwasher because I don't like how he does it.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I'm with hkdkat. I purposely mix mine up because I don't want them to fall together and prevent each other from getting totally cleaned.
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