There’s most definitely a RIGHT and WRONG way to load the dishwasher, but there’s just one little problem.

Who doesn’t love a home-cooked meal? There’s something rewarding about sitting down to eat a plate full of food you’ve freshly prepared, especially when you have the opportunity to enjoy it in the company of friends and family. If only these types of meals didn’t end with a sink full of dirty dishes.Fortunately, dishwashers make the chore slightly less miserable, but even so, having this appliance doesn’t permit laziness. It’s easy to just toss the dishes in haphazardly, but here’s the thing: If you don’t have a dishwasher organization strategy, you need one!The good news is that you don’t have to come up with one on your own; it already exists.But the bad news is…

Dishwashers are not all created equally.

The correct way to organize dirty dishes varies by the brand of dishwasher, which, if you really think about it, makes perfect sense. Just because they’re all intended to achieve the same result doesn’t mean they were all designed the exact same way. However, as we noted above, the packing strategy for each respective brand is already set in stone.Except…that strategy is located in the instruction manual.Be honest. Where in the world is the last place you’ve seen that thing?! If you moved into a home that already had a working dishwasher, then chances are you have never never seen it. Fortunately, one man did the world a huge favor to fix this fiasco. His name is Joe Clark, and he’s about to become your personal household hero!

Clark gathered every manual he could get his hands on and put them somewhere everyone could find them, the internet.

“I downloaded one or more instruction manuals from essentially every dishwasher manufacturer in existence (even Haier), extracted just the pages or parts thereof that illustrate how to load the dishwasher, and assembled them on Flickr: How to load the dishwasher,” he wrote on his blog.Thanks to Clark, you can finally determine if you’ve been using the proper approach! If you haven’t been—an easy mistake—then you can turn to the handy dandy manual illustrations to help you remedy the situation. (The images pictured above are for the Miele Dishwasher Manual G58152.)Happy washing!