Sure, it seems like a straightforward chore. Put your dirty dishes in the dishwasher, add detergent and turn it on and walk away.
But in reality, it's a bit more complicated.
Should you pre-rinse first? Should cast iron and wood go in with the rest of the daily dishes? Should you load knives point-down in the rack? Should you load knives in the machine at all?
A story from The Wall Street Journal tackles those very important dishwasher dilemmas with the help lifestyle expert Martha Stewart.
“The dump and turn-on is not my approach," Stewart revealed. "I’m much more orderly."
Steward owns "17 dishwashers inside 21 kitchens across her properties," so she knows what she's talking about.
“The don’ts are more important than the do’s,” she said.
And she has a lot of don'ts, including: No wood, china, crystal, cast iron, pewter or any knives in the dishwasher.
As for the pre-rinse, Stewart didn't chime in, but WSJ reports that most dishwasher manufacturers and detergent makers say it's simply not needed.
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This article originally ran July 2015.