I don't have a dishwasher right now (well except me.. lol) but when I did, I always put all utensils handle side up. I guess it was something my mom always ingrained in my head... something about if the door was down and someone tripped, how much it would suck to land on knives and forks sharp sides up.. LOL although I'm thinking it would suck to fall on either end of a knife actually.
I would think the handle up people would largely be concerned with touching the clean mouth pieces. If I didn't have the safety issue of my son and dogs, that would be why I'd do it- if I cared about germs on my forks.
I always put knives in with the handles facing up and everything else with the handles facing down...my dad always said that it was safer that way with the knives and cleaner that way for everything else...lol Now that i'm on my own it stuck with me!
AHHHH I answered wrong on accident! I always load the dishwasher handle up, I can't STAND the idea of people touching the part you eat off of when it's clean. My mom however loads with handle down because she says that all the dirty stuff will run down to the handle and it will be more clean. I agree with my theory more
Our dishwasher has little separate compartments for all of the utensils, so it's impossible to put them mouth piece down (except for knives, which I do put mouthpiece down because I'd hate to slit my wrist while trying to load the dishwasher.)
I can't vote....Forks and knives go down (handle on top), spoons up (handle on bottom). I also sort them out in the basket so all forks and knives are on the left and spoons on the right, makes it easier to put away when clean!
I was always told that you are meant to but the mouth piece up so it gets cleaned properly...with all those dirty knives and forks all tucked down in the compartment I can see how they would not get as thorough wash! When unloading I generally have clean hands but I also don't actually touch the mouth piece, there is abut an inch or so of handle that I pick them up by and put them away.
I always put the mouthpiece up because sometimes food gets caught in the basket. I figure the water and the detergent can get the job done better if the mouth side is exposed to it. All sharp knives go mouthpiece down because I don't want to be cut while I'm taking the dishes out to put them away.
LOL - Janine, that last picture almost made me spit my coffee out!
Handle up. It's just easier for unloading -- I don't have to worry about handling the business end.
Knives have to go in handle-up because of Riley. Though he's usually more interested in pre-rinsing the dishes than the silverware.