Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday Thoughts About...

...how to load silverware in the dishwasher.

Should you place your silverware up or down in the dishwasher? My friends and I have debated this for years. Of course it’s a personal preference. I even went to the experts—whoever the experts are. This means I read an article. Don’t know by who or their level of expertise, but ultimately, it is a personal preference. 

What I do. I put everything down except forks. I don’t want the tines to get hung up and bent in the holes of the utensil holder. 

The article made a few points:

  1. Placing silverware up usually gets it cleaner.
  2. Negative to facing up: you handle the part of the silverware that people are putting in their mouths. That's sort of unappetizing.
  3. All knives should be place down for safety. 
  4. Placing all utensils down will crowd the basket. Oh well.

I say, there’s no “right or wrong” answer. If I’m at your house and loading your dishwasher (heaven forbid—aren’t I the guest and therefore on vacation?) I will load it however you prefer. If left to my own devices, I’ll do it my way. If you don’t like it, don’t leave it to me. That won’t bother me at all! In fact, it might make both of us happy!!

While we’re talking about cleaning, did you know that you are supposed to vacuum before AND after you clean? Supposedly, if you vacuum last, you stir up lightweight dust and pet hair that will float back up to the surfaces that you dusted. Well, I don’t have a pet, so I’m not going to vacuum twice. Heck, who am I kidding. I don’t do it anyway. I have “people” for that!

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