May 18th is No Dirty Dishes Day! Don’t leave any (dirty) dishes behind with these simple tips from our Institute of Home Science experts.


  1. Leave room between items for water to circulate completely around your dishes.
  2. Make sure tall or long items do not block the spray arm.
  3. Scrape, don’t rinse!



  1. Alternate spoons and forks or use the slotted basket to keep flatware from nesting together.
  2. Place heavily soiled items on the bottom rack, facing down and use the warmest water setting.
  3. Use a high quality, single dose packet detergent for best cleaning results.


For more ideas on ways your dishwasher can help clean up household messes: 5 Unique Things You Can Wash In Your Dishwasher