A dishwasher is a convenient appliance: it saves you a lot of time. However, it doesn’t completely eliminate the hand washing. The truth is, not all cookware is dishwasher-safe, so if you care about your cooking and dining supplies, you might have to get your hands dirty… or should we say clean?
Any Brand Appliance Repair is here to give you tips on what items shouldn’t end up in your dishwasher, besides those that specifically state so on the packaging or in the manual. Washing things that are not dishwasher-safe may result in:
- Damage to the item itself
- Damage to other items in the dishwasher
- Damage to the dishwasher
So what is not safe to wash in the dishwasher?
Anything you particularly care about
If you are worried about the item breaking or unsure how it will handle hot temperatures, don’t put it in the dishwasher. This applies to any valuable or expensive dinnerware, cookware or utensils, such as:
- Good knives can become dull after a few washes
- Fine china and hand-blown glass can crack from high temperatures and movement inside the dishwasher
- Glasses, plates or utensils with cold trim or gold finish can lose the finish
- Any fragile items prone to chipping and denting, such as enameled and aluminum surfaces
Wooden bowls, spatulas or items that have wooden parts will wear out quicker if you wash them in the dishwasher. They tend to warp, crack and lose their finish after multiple prolonged exposures to hot temperatures. With a dishwasher, you can’t see when the item is clean and take it out as soon as it is. Even if your wooden spoon is clean after 5 minutes, it will have to stay till the end of the cycle with the rest of the dishes, which is often more than some materials can handle.
Disposable plastic, aluminum and cans are meant to be recycled but not reused. While there is nothing wrong with using plastic yoghurt cups as temporary planters or fast food containers as Tupperware, keep in mind that they were not designed for that. This means thin plastic may melt in the dishwasher.
Anything with adhesives
Some of your dishes or utensils may contain parts such as handles or labels that are attached with glue. Avoid placing such items in the dishwasher, because hot water may cause glue to melt and the parts will fall off. Moreover, small pieces of paper and glue from labels can clog the dishwasher drain.
Pots and Pans with special coating
To prolong the life of your non-stick pans, bakewear or seasoned cast iron, don’t put them in the dishwasher. Heat and abrasive detergent will wear the coating off pretty fast and may make dishes more prone to rusting.
Remember that dishwasher is far from gentle and is way harsher on the dishes than hand washing. The latter also guarantees that dishes are clean, while performance of many dishwashers starts to decline after a few years and you may notice that plates don’t come out as spotless as they used to. Your local Virginia dishwasher repair specialists can help you diagnose and fix any dishwasher issues. Keep us in mind and always read the labels before placing new items in the dishwasher.