What else can I say but: How can I wash chopsticks in the dishwasher without them falling?

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Line the bottom of your utensils basket with a wire mesh. You can buy one for drains for about $1 and flatten it out until it fits.

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Lie them down in the top rack next to or under the glasses and mugs you have up there. Mine get clean there no problem.

  • This is normally what I do, but they often end up in the bottom anyway. (under the bottom rack.)
    – hildred
    Jun 25, 2015 at 18:37

Hold them to the rack with a wooden clothes pin. The spring loaded ones work more easily, but the old clamp on kind will also do the job.


How about using a rubber band to join them thick end to thick end and lay them flat where they cannot fall through the grid and are too long to move around much.

Or place the joined pair into the cutlery box, they cannot slip through the holes.

Not having had this problem as chopsticks are quick to hand wash and the disposables go in the bin. I have not tried hard to find solution. However the simplest way would likely be to use a clothespeg to clip them onto the structure or to each other. This should make they stay in place and is simple, cheap and repeatable with no fuss or bother. A stainless steel string may be needed for regular use to prevent rust stains.


In my dishwasher, there is a basket for the utensils. If the holes of the basket are large enough for the chopsticks to fall through, then slide them into the basket horizontally. If the holes are too small, then you can just stick them in the basket like any other utensil.

If that doesn't work, I'd probably just get a brand new sponge dedicated for the purpose and push a dozen chopsticks into it, half a chopstick sticking out on either side, and put the whole thing on the top rack. Alternatively, use something like a net and make a little pouch with a drawstring as a chopstick bag, like some people do for socks in laundry machines.

Do so at your own caution: I bear no responsibility if your sponge catches on fire. =P

  • I like @KalleMP's rubber band suggestion better than the sponge or pouch ideas. But if you can insert your chopsticks horizontally into the utensil basket like I do, that's easiest.
    – Jamin Grey
    May 11, 2017 at 20:28
  • Why would a sponge catch fire in a machine that is full of water?
    – Chenmunka
    May 12, 2017 at 7:21
  • Well, first, it's not full of water - it sprays water, and it is possible for the sponge to avoid most of the water if in an odd location. Second, it gets really hot - and sponges can catch on fire if heated enough. Hyper unlikely though! Just wanted to mention that it might be possible. But I think even if untouched by water, it'd still absorb too much water via steam.
    – Jamin Grey
    May 12, 2017 at 8:12

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