Dishwasher Proper Silverware Loading

When you place silverware in the basket:

  • Place forks and knives with the handles up to protect hands.
  • Place spoon handles down if there is an unusually large load of silverware or utensils in the basket. Otherwise, place spoon handles up also.
  • Best washing results are obtained when the silverware is mixed and evenly distributed, not nested together.
  • Small plastic items such as measuring spoons and lids should be placed in the bottom of the silverware basket with silverware on top. (Some models have a silverware basket that may be split up or have a cover for added flexibility.)
  • Slender items must not extend through the bottom of the basket - this may prevent the wash arm from rotating. Tall cutlery must not be placed in front of the basket where they may prevent the detergent cup from opening.
  • Carefully load sharp cutlery with handles up to protect hands when unloading.
  • Do not mix sterling silver with stainless in your silverware basket. The stainless can cause pitting of the sterling silver if nested against it.
  • The silverware basket should always be placed in the lower rack unless the owner's manual suggests otherwise. There are select models that allow you to place on the door or upper rack.
  • An accessory basket (on some models), used for small items such as baby bottle nipples, plastic lids, corn cob holders, etc., may be placed in the top rack on the right side, or in the lower rack on the right or left side.


See your Owner's manual for model specific information about use and placement of the silverware basket. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.