Dishwasher - Loading Tips

With a GE Profile™ or GE branded dishwasher, properly loading dishes in the dishwasher racks ensures optimal wash performance.


General Loading Tips:

  • There is no need to pre-rinse dishes before loading. Just scrape off large pieces of food.

  • Load dishes with care to avoid chipping or breaking.

  • It is important to angle all items for proper drainage; especially those with concave bottoms to prevent them from holding water.

  • Ensure dishes are not stacked up on top of each other.

  • Make sure the spray arm can rotate freely.


Upper Rack:

  • We recommend loading glasses, cups, saucers, dishwasher-safe plastic and wood items in the upper rack of your dishwasher.

  • Shallow items such as cups and small glasses should be loaded along the sides or less deep areas of the upper rack. Tall, deep glasses should be loaded in deeper areas of the upper rack and placed so that they rest firmly against the tines.

  • When loading any item, it should face toward the water source in the center.

  • Make sure tall items clear the top of the dishwasher interior and/or upper spray arm.

Lower Rack:

  • Place plates and saucers in between the tines.

  • Platters should be loaded along the sides, in corners or in the back.

  • Never place glasses in the lower rack.

  • Items like bowls and casserole dishes fit well in the corners. Be sure to place them at an angle, facing downward.

  • Items with heavy, dried-on and baked-on soils such as pots, pans and casserole dishes should be loaded in the lower rack with the open end down, facing directly toward the wash arm below the lower rack.


  • Load silverware in the basket with handles facing down.

  • Place utensils in the basket or on the third rack (for models with this feature) and make sure they do not interfere with the spray arm.

  • For more information, please take a look at our Dishwasher - Proper Silverware Loading article.


Detailed loading suggestions are also found in the Owner's Manual for the specific dishwasher model you own.


View a short video about proper loading: