11 Things You Should Never Put in Your Dishwasher

11 Things You Should Never Put in Your Dishwasher

Certain items should be hand washed rather than being cleaned in a dishwashing machine for a variety of reasons. We do not want a dishwasher to be damaged during the process. Moreover, the cookware may sustain damage in the process.

For a number of reasons, some goods should be hand washed rather than cleaned in a dishwashing machine. We don’t want to cause any dishwashing harm in the process. Moreover, the technique may result in damage to the cookware. Some people may use a dishwasher on those items, but they should always do so with knowledge of the damages they might incur. Always know what you are getting yourself into. So why not cut yourself some future repair or replacement costs by avoiding the following items?

1. Nonstick pans

Nonstick pans
Nonstick pans

I know that most manufacturers often claim that nonstick saucepans are dishwasher safe but this is a claim with reservations. The nonstick coating will start degrading with time if put in the dishwasher.

It may start chipping, and this is always bad news. Dishwashers are very efficient and convenient appliances, but consider hand-washing your nonstick cookware.

2. Ceramic coated cookware

Ceramic coated cookware
Ceramic coated cookware

As with a nonstick coating, a ceramic coating also exhibits the same kind of degradation when put in a dishwasher regularly. It is no surprise here, as both surfaces are extremely easy to clean as they do not harbor food particles or grease.

Ceramic coats can chip when exposed to dishwashers. Wash detergents are also known to be harsh on ceramics.

3. Aluminum cookware

Best aluminum cookware
Aluminum cookware

Your shiny aluminum cookware will darken after constant exposure to a washer machine. The aluminum reacts with most dishwasher detergents making your cookware deteriorate in appearance.

Even if functionality is not affected, a dull piece of cookware does not fit as well among the other shiny pieces in your kitchen. However, anodized aluminum is dishwasher-safe.

4. Cast iron cookware

Cast iron cookware
Cast iron cookware

A Cast iron is affected by dishwasher detergent as well. With constant dishwasher-exposure, cast iron cookware’s oil layer, which prevents rusting and food from sticking to it, gradually gets eroded.

This means your cast iron cookware becomes vulnerable to rusting and food particles always stick to it; consider hand-washing this type of cookware.

5. Graters

New Graters

The Graters have sharp edges used to grate food particles and therefore destroy the inner linings of a dishwasher when put into one. They are especially destructive to dishwashers with plastic linings on the inside.

The small crevices and indentions might not be cleaned as thoroughly by the dishwasher as they would be by hand as well. Remember, these small indentions are notorious for capturing food particles, and as we have said before, food particles are the number one cause of filth in a dishwasher.

6. Wooden kitchen essentials

Stylish wooden kitchen essentials
Wooden kitchen essentials

Dishwasher detergents are very harsh to wood, and in the long run, it may start cracking. Long exposures

Water also causes wood to lose its shape. Always hand wash wooden cookware and use soft detergents while doing so to lengthen their life span.

7. Copper cookware

Nice copper cookware
Copper cookware

Again as with many other materials that should not be put in a washer machine, copper cookware is affected by washer machiner detergent. The shiny beautiful copper finish gradually darkens after exposure to dishwasher detergents and so should be hand washed to maintain the shiny copper finish that attracted you to buy them in the first place.

8. Melamine

Best white melamine

The Melamine utensils mostly plates should not be put into a machine since it does not like high temperatures (when drying) as well as the harsh washer-machine detergents. It therefore cracks and loses its finish when put in here. Basically, melamine should not be exposed to high temperatures even outside the machine.

9. Sieves

General sieves

The Sieves cannot be thoroughly cleaned by dishwashing because of their tiny holes. Consider hand-washing sieves because you can reach out and clean the food particles better than a dishwasher can.

Some people are comfortable with dishwashing sieves with larger holes. However, always consider just hand-washing for the best results.

10. Painted glassware

Top painted glassware
Painted glassware

Paint and decoration is the contentious component in this case. The paint might fade away on exposure to high drying temperatures and detergent in the dishwasher.

Consider hand-washing to lengthen the lifespan of this type of glassware. Glass is generally dishwasher safe, and you should not have any reservations about non-painted glassware.

11. Knives

best Knives

The Knives, like graters, can scratch the protective coating inside the dishwasher and can bring unnecessary repair costs. They as well can be made out of various materials which may become dull after constant exposure to a dishwasher’s detergents. Consider hand-washing knives to protect your dishwasher as well as your knives.

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