Where would we be without a dishwasher? As the workhorse of the kitchen, it saves us plenty of time and effort when it comes to keeping our utensils clean. However tempting it might be to load anything in there, there are some things that your dishwasher shouldn’t tackle. Follow this top ten list of items you should never put into your dishwasher.
1. Vintage Plates
Most dishes are made of plastic, but vintage plates should definitely be on the list. While most plastic rims are susceptible to breaking and chipping, glass also breaks and chips more easily. Keep your vintage plates in the cupboard, where they’ll be safe from damage.
2. Non-stick pots and pans
Using non-stick cookware is a great way to save money and the environment. However, not all dishes are suited for non-stick cooking. Any smooth surface in your kitchen appliance may cause it to scratch, pit or crack your pots and pans.
3. Metal Knives
While most plastic rims can withstand the force of a dishwasher, knives have different properties that make them more susceptible to damage. Not only will this limit the life of your knife, but also the sharpness of your knife blade.
4. Plastic Storage Containers
Plastic storage containers are handy to have around the house for storing food, but they’re not dishwasher-safe. Avoid plastic storage containers unless you want to put all those old spices, herbal remedies and little bits of debris in your appliance.
5. Cast iron cookware
Cast iron cookware is great for your kitchen; it’s tough and durable. However, it’s not dishwasher safe. When cooked in a dishwasher, the heat can destroy the seasoning on the surface of the pan. Cast iron pots should only be hand-washed with other scrap metal items.
6. Dishes with gold or silver trim
Gold and silver trim can be a glorious addition to your dishes, but it can present a problem when you load them into the dishwasher. Since gold and silver don’t stand up well to the heat of a dishwasher, avoid putting treated dishes in your dishwasher to prevent the gold or silver from flaking off.
7. Plastic containers and utensils
Since plastic becomes less pliable when exposed to extreme heat, you should keep all plastic items out of the dishwasher. It’s not good for their shape and can cause permanent damage. Wash them by hand with your other cups, glasses, dishes, and flatware.
Avoiding dishwasher-related mishaps can be as easy as remembering these tips. In addition to using good traditional cookware, you can also avoid damage to your knives and silverware by hand washing them.