Dishwasher - Loading Tips

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


General 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 deeps 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 top and/or upper spray arm.

Lower rack:

  • Place plates and saucers among 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 casseroles fit in either of 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 casseroles 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 and make sure they do not interfere with the spray arm.
  • For more information: Dishwasher Proper Silverware Loading

Loading suggestions are also found in your Owner's Manual. Download a copy of the Owners Manual


View a short video about proper loading: