Dishwasher racks loaded properly

PUT EVERY DISH IN ITS PLACE

 

Fit up to 12 place settings and enhance cleaning performance by learning how to properly load a dishwasher. 

 

Upper Rack

1. Mugs

2. Cups

3. Small bowls

 

Lower Rack

1. Large plates

2. Small plates

3. Large bowls

4. Silverware

 

Unloading clean dishes

TIPS ON HOW TO LOAD A DISHWASHER

  • Put plastic in the top rack, farther away from the heat source. 
  • Load items at an angle with dirty surfaces facing down, so they are sprayed directly. Make sure bowls and plates don't overlap.
  • Check that nothing will block the detergent dispenser or upper and lower spray arms
  • Load sharp silverware pointing down. Use the slots in the silverware basket covers to keep items separated. Flip up or remove the covers if your silverware won't fit. 
  • Unload the bottom rack first and leave plastic items for last, so any leftover water won't drip on your dry bottom rack dishes.
Maytag® third rack dishwasher

MAKING ROOM FOR MORE

 

Some newer dishwashers have an extra rack at the top ideal for small, flat items like knives, spatulas and other large utensils. The Third Level Rack by Maytag delivers 30% more loading space1 and features an adjustable tray that helps make room for small bowls and lids.

 

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1. Compared to Maytag® dishwashers without a third level rack.