Did you know that there is a proper way to load a dishwasher? Neither did we, really. Usually, our guiding principle is: can I make all this crap fit in this thing at once? It turns out, like all things, you can be a bit more scientific about loading a dishwasher.

Thanks to the awesome CHOW Tips video above, we'll stop pulling dirty plates and chipped glasses out of our dishwashers with a bewildered look on our faces. Do you have any dishwasher loading tips that the video missed? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Potatoes

    This will change you're life.

  • Keyboard

    Nothing gets the dirt out from under the keys like the dishwasher can. Don't even bother trying.

  • Shoes

    Yeah, it's a little gross to clean your shoes in the same place you wash your dishes, but it works really well. Just make sure the heat-dry setting is turned off because it could ruin any rubber on your shoes. And, if you run an empty cycle after you washed your shoes, that should get rid of any possible shoe to plate cross over.

  • Plastic Toys

    Plastic toys are handled by kids all day, which means they're full of germs. A quick wash in the dishwasher, storing them in the cutlery closure, gets them squeaky clean and looking like new.

  • Salmon

    Yep. That's right. You can cook salmon in your dishwasher. We're not saying that it'll taste amazing. We're not saying that it won't have a unpleasant affect on your dishwasher. We're not saying that it isn't a completely and totally questionable more . We're just saying that it can be done. And if you're intrigued, the <a href="http://www.winexmagazine.com/index.php/wine/vieweat/dishwasher-salmon/" target="_hplink">instructions can be found here</a>.

  • Refrigerator Shelves

    Cleaning out the refrigerator is one of the least enjoyable kitchen chores. Let the dishwasher make it easier.

  • Baseball Caps

    Baseball caps get pretty sweaty, really fast -- especially during the hot days of summer. If you throw them in the washing machine they risk getting all bent out of shape. But you can clean them in the top rack of the dishwasher without any risk of damage.

  • Sports Gear

    Just like baseball caps get sweaty, so do shin guards and knee pads. Every so often, they need a deep clean. The dishwasher gets them cleaned up just like new. Just remember to keep them on the top rack.

  • Car Parts

    Yep, the dishwasher doubles as a car wash. You can put hubcaps, cup holders and change holders in the dishwasher and it'll get rid of all the grim.

  • AC Vents

    Cleaning in between each grate of an AC vent is a tedious and daunting task, but it's one that has to be done. Rather than spending hours meticulously getting each grate, throw the vent in the dishwasher. At the end of the cycle, they'll look brand new.

  • Kitchen Brushes

    For those really tough dishes, the kitchen brush comes to the rescue. Which means that this brush has seen some serious dirt. Get it germ-free in the dishwasher.

  • Window Screens

    Window screens are one of the toughest items in your house to keep clean. They are, after all, on the exterior of the house. You can wipe them down, but the best way to get them looking good again is the dishwasher -- so long as you can fit them in.

  • Bathroom Accessories

    After the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house to keep clean. And it is also one of the first rooms to get dirty. Look at the soap dish and toothbrush holder, those accessories become caked up with toothpaste and soap. Put them through a cycle and they'll come out like new.

  • Plastic Brushes, Combs And Hair Accessories

    Seriously. Do it. Just be sure to remove all hair from these items before being put in the dishwasher. If not, you could clog up the dishwasher's drain and damage it. Plus, it's gross.

  • Oven Knobs

    Between the dirt from your hands and the possible food splatters from the stovetop, oven knobs are dirty. And they're a pain to clean. But knobs come out spic and span after passing through the dishwasher, in the cutlery compartment.

  • Plastic Dustpan And A Handheld Broom

    So long as they're made out of plastic, your dustpan and a handheld broom will be safely cleaned and disinfected in the dishwasher.

  • Ceramic Cabinet Knobs

    Guys, the dishwasher is SO helpful.