Your dishwasher is a wonderful appliance. It gets your plates, utensils, and mugs squeaky clean while saving you a ton of time. But as great as dishwashers are, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Whether it's due to the size of the item or the materials it’s made of, it's better to wash certain things you use in the kitchen by hand rather than risk ruining your dishwasher or your kitchenware.
Here’s a list of 11 things that are not dishwasher safe:
Cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you use them, which consists of coating the cooking surface with cooking oil and then placing the skillet in a 350-degree oven for 60 minutes. If you were to put your skillet in the dishwasher, then you’re washing all of the oil away and you’ll need to season it all over again. Instead, rinse it by hand with warm water (but no detergent) or scrub the cooking surface with salt to remove stuck-on food and debris.
The hot water and the heated dry cycle create harsh conditions for your mixing spoons, spatulas, or any other tool with wood on it. Over time, these wooden utensils will warp and split, which means you’ll be buying new ones. You’re better off washing these by hand.
Wooden Cutting Boards
Much like with wooden utensils, hot dishwasher water will ruin your wooden cutting board. However, you want to be sure that you give your cutting board a deep clean, especially if you use it as a surface for raw meat. Use a mixture of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water to scrub it clean by hand.
If you have any antique china or heirlooms, then they are definitely not dishwasher safe. Exposure to hot water, detergents, and even slight vibrations can cause these delicate treasures to chip. In addition, any gold trim or hand-painted details may flake off.
Garlic presses may help speed up meal prep, but you’ll need to slow down and wash them by hand. The dishwasher won’t damage the press, but it also won’t get it completely clean because the crushed garlic sticks to the gadget’s tiny crevices. You’ll have to wash it by hand to ensure it’s totally spotless.
Just like the garlic press, dishwashers won’t hurt the cheese grater, but little bits of cheese might still be stuck in the holes even after a cycle in dishwasher. Instead, use soap and a sponge to wash it by hand.
Your favorite insulated travel mug is not dishwasher safe. Dishwashers destroy the mug’s insulation leaving you with cold coffee or tea. Definitely not cool.
Jars with Labels Still on Them
Glass jam or pasta sauce jars are dishwasher safe. Just make sure you remove the paper label and any adhesive remnants before running it through the dishwasher. Bits of paper can get stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, which can lead to a larger dishwasher disaster and costly repairs.
Copper Pots and Pans
Half of the appeal of copper cookware is the color. But the copper surfaces will dull if washed in the dishwasher. Hand wash your copper mugs, pots, and pans instead.
Cookware with Burnt-On Stains
So you let the potatoes sit in the oven for a little too long and now you have dark, stubborn crust on your glass baking dish. As much as we would love the dishwasher to take care of it, tough, baked on gunk can never get completely eradicated by the dishwasher. It’ll take some detergent, a sponge, and elbow grease to tackle that mess.
Keep your crystal punch bowl and glasses far, far away from the dishwasher. The high water temperature may leave your crystal chipped, cracked, or dull.
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