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How to Stack a Dishwasher Properly (and Where to Get a Good One)

Paris Hilton once said that if you do a task badly, nobody will ever ask you to do it again. And while I’ve never heard a truer word spoken, I swear I never applied it to packing my dishwasher. Even though my partner may claim otherwise.

You see, I’m crap at packing the dishwasher. There, I said it! And when we had our old dishwasher (which was admittedly the worst washer I’d ever encountered), I’ll openly admit to just throwing things it at random and shutting the door. Usually while swearing.

Seriously though, is there actually a ‘right’ way to pack a dishwasher? Apparently the answer is yes. And for those of you reading this, it’ll either come as a shock or prove you right. Because in every relationship there’s one person who’s terrible at packing, and another person who comes and repacks when they’re done.

So with a little inspiration from my swanky new LG QuadWash Dishwasher, we’re finally going to tackle how to pack a dishwasher right. And I’ll tell you about some of the gorg features in my new dish washing system, of course.

lg quadwash dishwasher cutlery drawer

Cutlery does not play well with others

We gotta start at the top; cutlery in the LG Quadwash has its own drawer. I know right; no more horrible plastic basket you have to carry across the kitchen as it drops a trail of water behind you.

Those baskets were doubly horrible because if you dared stick a fork in top-down it would poke through the holes in the mesh and get stuck. But then if you had a knife facing upward you were likely to cut yourself like you’re on the set of Nightmare on Elm Street. It was a lose-lose!

So I’m sure we have something we can all agree on; cutlery stays in its own section.

lg quadwash dishwasher with adjustable drawer

Just like my waistband in winter, there’s a rack that can be adjusted

My fave part of the LG Quadwash is the adjustable rack (called the EasyRack Plus) that you can easily move it up and down.

So rather than just squeezing in a large saucepan or pot and hoping for the best (totally guilty of doing that before), you can move the middle rack up to ensure the four rotating blade don’t hit any items below during the cycle.

lg quadwash dishwasher with drawers that adjust

The middle rack, of course, is where all your cups and glasses go

OK, so another thing I used to do was chuck bowls and plates in the middle rack. Tsk tsk. But that’s not what this section is for. So if you’re known to do this, it’s time to curb your wicked ways.

The great thing for me is the designated arm in the middle rack that holds onto wine glasses. Gotta keep the glassware in good nick!

If you ignore my advice and put a bowl in the middle rack, I’m pretty sure you’ll be OK. The QuadWash has four rotating blades and two oscillating nozzles that swing back and forth. It’s a hardcore cleaning system no dirt and grime can compete with.

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Plates, bowls and pots are on the down low

So your bottom rack is where all the heavy duty grime is going to go. Plates, bowls, pots, pans, baking trays. You know; the pieces that have more caked-on mess than my face after a video shoot.

Basically all of the heavier items are on the bottom rack, and as you move up, you stack lighter items. Think of it like a pyramid. And because the LG QuadWash has a Dual Zone wash function that cleans the middle rack and bottom rack separately, you can put everything in at once. Just ensure it’s in its designated rack 😉     

lg quadwash dishwasher review

Like passengers on a flight, a dishwasher should be seen and not heard

Something else I wanted to mention about a good dishwasher – it should be whisper quiet. Thankfully, the LG QuadWash is.

With the old dishwasher, you had to crank up the TV volume when it was on. The cheeky bugger was so intrusive. But this new washer is so quiet you can have it going after dinner and still get in episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale without interruption.

The sleek design and LED display is also pretty divine, don’t you think?

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One last thing for you Tech Heads

I still struggle with connecting to Wifi, so techy inclusions don’t tend to be my thing. But my partner is already ALL over it the SmartThinQ technology. It comes with the dishwasher and allows you to download new wash cycles, create personalised settings, set machine clean reminders and tap into Smart Diagnostics – all from your smartphone!

lg quadwash dishwaser in kitchen of tlc interiors

Where to get more Details

Hopefully we’re all on the same page now when it comes to how to stack a dishwasher. And if you’ve been wanting to upgrade your old beast of a machine and feel inspired by the LG QuadWash, simply click here to find out more about it.

And with all that sorted, it’s time to unpack the dishwasher!

This post was produced in partnership with LG.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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