This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 20 °C Wednesday 12 August, 2020

The burning question*: Cutlery up or down in the dishwasher?

It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

Miss Joyce Toll demonstrating the 'Dishmaster' machine in 1952. Bless.
Miss Joyce Toll demonstrating the 'Dishmaster' machine in 1952. Bless.
Image: Press Association Images/PA Archive

WE KNOW HOW you feel. The week is stretching out in front of you – and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions.

This week… Loading the dishwasher – hey, it’s better than washing up by hand but it still has its points of contention.

For example, which way up do you load the cutlery in the cutlery rack? Does it look dangerous to you to put the cutlery pointing up… (‘She was lucky to come away without an eye lost etc. etc.’) Or do you think the cutlery won’t be cleaned properly if you point it down?


A. Tines (for forks) and blade (for knives) up?

(Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

B. Or must cutlery be pointing down?

(Image: Jo Bourne/

Vote here:

Poll Results:

A - Tines/blades pointing up (2245)
B - Pointing down (1554)
C - Can't we all just get along? (336)

What burning question divides your household/work colleagues/friends? If you want to see yours featured in this series, leave us a comment or email us at tips[at]

See some of the previous burning questions>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Read next: