Problem: Long stem wine glasses tend to be unstable in the dishwasher, either hitting the side wall or each other.
Solution: Use an inexpensive plastic sink mat to create a dishwasher wine glass holder that will keep your stemware upright and secure in the dishwasher.
Note: You should never wash fine crystal in the dishwasher. This solution is only for inexpensive, every-day wine glasses.
Better Homes & Gardens gives more tips on How to Clean Wine Glasses.
Supplies needed for the Dishwasher Wine Glass Holder:
- Hole punch
- Permenant marker
- Plastic sink mat (purchased at the Dollar Tree
Directions for the Dishwasher Wine Glass Holder:
This inexpensive plastic sink mat from the Dollar Tree has a convenient grid pattern that is easy to cut with regular scissors. Depending on the size of your stemmed glasses, you may opt to cut the mat to a different size than what I used in this example. Measure the widest part of the wine glass, it will be either the base or the globe of the glass. Take this into account when cutting the plastic mat.
- The mat used here was a 11 x 13 grid. I Cut the mat long-ways into a rectangle – enough for 4 large wine glasses. (there will be enough left over to create an additional wine glass support for the opposite side of the dishwasher.)
- Hold the cut portion of the mat on the top shelf of the dishwasher and mark where the side wires of the dishwasher rack are. The support is designed to be used on the outter sides of the top rack of the dishwasher tray.
- With a hole punch, punch a 1/2 circle where you just marked the dots on the mat.