A dishwasher rack is an organizational tool that separates items placed in the dishwasher so they do not break or scratch during the washing process. There are different types of dishwasher racks, including those for utensils, dishes and glasses.
Though dishwasher racks can be made of other materials, many are made of plastic or rubber so they do not harm the contents of the dishwasher. Dishwasher racks also make loading and unloading a dishwasher more efficient. Flatware racks are often drop-in baskets that can be removed after washing, making it quick and easy to put away clean forks, spoons and knives. A properly working dishwasher rack slides easily out of and into the dishwasher. For best cleaning results, racks should not be overcrowded.