How To Start A Bosch Dishwasher

If you’re new to owning a dishwasher, it can be a little confusing to know exactly how to load and start one correctly. 

To learn how to safely, cleanly, and optimally load, prep, and start a Bosch dishwasher, simply follow our step-by-step instructions in the tutorial below.

For all other information, or if you have further questions as-yet-unanswered, then please see our FAQ section located at the end of this article.

How to start a Bosch dishwasher

  1. Scrape food waste from your dishes and rinse them quickly under the tap
  2. Rinse your cutlery under the tap, and remove the worst of the food waste from any larger items such as pots and pans
  3. Load your Bosch dishwasher as follows:
    1. Place pots, pans, and large dishes (such as casserole dishes) in the bottom rack, top-down
    2. Place plates, glasses, and bowls in the top rack, also top-down
    3. Place cutlery in the top cutlery drawer, or in the cutlery rack insert, with any knives or sharp utensils pointing down (so you don’t hurt yourself accidentally later)
  4. Load the Bosch dishwasher with dishwashing powder/liquid by popping open the detergent holder locate on the inside of the door
    1. Note: Use detergent according to recommended amounts on your particular detergent’s packaging
  5. Close the Bosch dishwasher door (unless the controls for the dishwasher are located at the top of the door, in which case push it almost-closed)
  6. Turn your Bosch dishwasher on by pushing the ON/OFF button
  7. Select the most appropriate program for your current dish load (Eco is best for the environment, but not great for tough grime; Glass wash should only be used for glasses; Quick Wash is good for a smaller load; Long Wash best for a heavy load) by pressing the program button
  8. Finally, start the program by pressing ‘Start’ or by closing the Bosch dishwasher door

And that’s all there is to loading, prepping, and starting a Bosch dishwasher! If you have any more questions or want more info, see our FAQs below.


Why do I need to scrape and rinse my dishes before loading them in the Bosch dishwasher?

If you don’t scrape and rinse your dishes, cookware and cutlery before loading them in the Bosch dishwasher, then the heat of the dishwasher water may effectively bake the food waste onto the dishes. It also helps to ensure that the Bosh dishwasher filter doesn’t get clogged up.

How often should I clean my Bosch dishwasher filter?

You should clean your Bosch dishwasher filter 1-2 times per year if you rinse and scrape your dishes before using the appliance. However, if you use your dishwasher every day and don’t rinse the dishes first, then you may need to clean your Bosch dishwater filter at least once every single week.