I throw all my eating utensils in handle up and they get pretty clean, and I never rinse before chunking them in. All my big utensils like spatulas and big wooden spoons I lay them on their side on the top rack. Otherwise they get hung up in the top rack when I put them in the utensil holder, too tall.
I hand wash all my knives though, when I was a freshman in the dorms some guy stood them up and I sliced my right hand index finger to the bone... And big bad 18 year old me didn't go get stitches. Dumb dumb dumb. Been scared to run them in the washing machine since.