Video: 9 Mistakes You Make When You Load the Dishwasher

How much thought do you put into the way you load the dishwasher? If you're like many people, the answer is: Not enough!

It’s the simplest thing in the world, right? Load the machine, fill the soap tray, press a button—and voila! Sparkling clean dishes. In reality, many homeowners get it wrong when it comes to this deceptively easy chore.

At best, loading a dishwasher incorrectly can result in less-than-clean plates and flatware once the washer finishes running its cycle. At worst, a precariously filled dishwasher will reward you with broken mugs, glasses, and plates.

Take care when loading the dishwasher, and take these helpful tips to heart the next time you do your after-dinner wash-up.