Using a knife or rubber spatula, scrape residual food off of dishes, pots and pans.
Place dishes in designated slots: glasses and cups on top rack, plates on lower rack, silverware in silverware rack.
Place pots and pans around other dishes, making sure other dishes do not block spray access to pots and pans.
Fill both dishwasher cups with dishwasher detergent.
Close tops of cups where appropriate.
Add rinse agent to rinse agent dispenser; replace top of dispenser.
Close door securely.
Choose a wash cycle appropriate to the load.
Choose a dry cycle. Air drying saves energy, but may cause spotting.