Is there a difference between silverware and sterling silverware? You bet. And it’s important to know the distinction, especially when it comes to washing the dishes. Here are some helpful tips for cleaning everyday silverware in the dishwasher.
1. Silverware Vs “Silverware.”
Before loading the dishwasher, separate everyday stainless steel utensils from sterling silverware. Sterling silverware is a premium flatware made from precious metals while stainless steel is durable and cost-effective flatware. Never put sterling silver into the dishwasher because it will tarnish.
2. No Pre-Washing Required With Cascade Platinum.
There’s no need to pre-rinse or pre-wash when using Cascade Platinum, so start loading your dirty cutlery right away.
3. Loading The Silverware Basket.
Mix up the silverware compartments by distributing different types of utensils evenly to prevent nesting. You don’t want your spoons to spoon.
4. Save Your Skin.
Sharp cutlery and utensils should always be loaded face down. Knives are meant for cutting cheese, not your fingers.
5. Loading Children’s Plastic Utensils.
Place children’s dishwasher-safe plastic utensils on the top rack in a self-contained basket. Plastics also belong on the top rack. Temperatures typically remain cooler on the top rack which prevents some plastic items from melting.
6. Proper Placement Of Large Utensils.
Place large utensils on the top rack to avoid obstructing the spray arm.
7. Use Cascade Platinum.
For best results, use a premium ActionPac™. With dry hands, carefully place a premium ActionPac into your dishwasher’s dry detergent dispenser.
8. Run Your Dishwasher.
Now that your silverware is properly loaded, all that is left to do is start the dishwasher.
Great Job! You deserve the gold medal for cleaning silverware.