It's the age-old question that can divide families and offices – should your cutlery be raised or lowered in the dishwasher?
And now an expert in dishwasher and product reviewer Choice has revealed why you should always keep your knives and forks down.
Ashley Iredale – who has reviewed more than 90 dishwashers in his career – explained the three reasons why cutlery should point down, and his expert tips for correctly stacking your machine.
So why is down always the best?
An expert in dishwasher and product reviewer at Choice has revealed why you should always point your knives and forks downwards (stock image; incorrect image)
1. It's safer
Ashley & # 39; s first reason to point your knives, forks and spoons down is that it is safer than having teeth and knives directed upwards.
& # 39; The last thing you want to do is to get your clean knives and forks dirty again by bleeding them completely empty because you put yourself in the bath without care and attention, & # 39; Ashley told Choice.
He added that while you & # 39; are particularly aggressive & # 39; must be to do yourself damage with a spoon, forks can do as much damage as knives when turned upwards.
2. It is easier to unload
Ashley's second argument for cutlery that faces down is that when they look in that direction, they are easier to grab and load directly into your cutlery drawer.
& # 39; It's not a big deal – you save seconds (this way), not days, but hey, the whole point of a dishwasher is saving time and effort in the kitchen, so every little bit counts, & # 39 ; he said.
Ashley Iredale of Choice (photo) said it is safer to point down cutlery, it is easier to release and it means fewer bacteria and stains
3. It means fewer bacteria and stains
Finally, the dishwasher expert said down the right direction because it means you avoid the ends you eat with.
& # 39; Your fingers are covered with bacteria and bacteria, so you naturally want to minimize any surface that comes in contact with your food, & # 39; Ashley said.
He added that holding the handles also helps, because it means that you will be less likely to stain shiny knives – which is bad news when you have guests.
But does cutlery wash up better?
Why would your cutlery point down in a dishwasher?
1. It's safer
2. It means fewer bacteria and stains
3. It dissolves easier
Ashley said that although there is an argument for cutlery directed upwards as far as it helps with washing, the difference is minimal and the & # 39; risk of injury & # 39; is not worth it.
Instead, you must follow his expert stacking tips – so you know how to stack your dishwasher correctly.
1. Prevent the cutlery from nesting & # 39; & # 39;
To prevent cutlery from nesting together & # 39; & # 39 ;, Ashley said you should never stack like with like.
Instead, mix forks, knives, and large and small spoons in one basket, so that the water and detergent can circulate for cleaning.
2. Avoid chef's knives altogether
Second, Ashley said you should never put chef's knives in your dishwasher – because they are made of carbon steel, which can corrode in a dishwasher or even make the razor edge dull.
He recommends that you always wash these knives by hand.
3. Discard the wood
What are Ashley's top tips for packing a dishwasher?
1. Mix forks, knives and spoons in one basket to & # 39; nest & # 39; – so that the detergent and water circulate better.
2. Never place chef's knives and wooden spoons in the dishwasher.
3. Place your larger utensils in the upper dish rack, such as long knives and chopsticks. Make sure they do not interfere with the cleaning arm of the machine.
In the same way that you should never put your chef's knives in the dishwasher, Ashley said that even if you had to throw your wooden spoons and cutting boards in the dishwasher.
He said there is an important reason not to put wooden things in it.
The detergent will eat the wood away, while the heat and moisture will cause it to warp & split.
Again, simple soap and water and a hand wash are sufficient.
4. Place larger kitchen utensils on top
Larger utensils – whether they are long knives or chopsticks – must be stored in the upper dish rack.
However, make sure that they do not touch the cleaning arm of the dishwasher.
Ladles must be open upside down to prevent water from entering, while tongs must be at least partially open to prevent food from getting caught in them.
5. Cutlery basket versus serving tray – which one wins?
Finally, Ashley addressed the question of whether a basket or tray is best – and he said it makes no difference from an expert's point of view.
& # 39; I am a basket man, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I find that loading and unloading each item separately in the drawer is a time-consuming job, and the cutlery drawer also reduces the height of other items you can put in the dishwasher. & # 39;
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