8 Things You Should Never Put in the DishwasherJune 18, 2018
Here are 8 things the dishwasher just shouldn’t tackle:
We’re talking cutting boards, wooden utensils (like spoons) and knives with wooden handles. Why? Dishwasher detergent is abrasive and will scratch wood over time. Plus, the heat of the drying cycle can cause the wood to warp or even crack. Rinse and hand-wash cutting boards soon after you use them, but don’t submerge them in water. A little baking soda can help scrub away stains, too.
It took a lot of effort to get your cast-iron cookware perfectly seasoned! Don’t ruin it (or potentially cause your pan to rust) by using the dishwasher as a cleaning shortcut. Instead, rinse your cast iron in hot water, scrubbing with a soft sponge to lift stuck-on food. Don’t use dish soap (it could break down the seasoning), and dry thoroughly with a towel.
Generally, the nonstick coating just doesn’t hold up well in the turbulent washer. You can likely make an exception for items that are labeled “dishwasher-safe” by the manufacturer, but give them a second look after they come out of the machine, to note any damage.
Certain Plastic Items
You should take the manufacturer’s lead on this one — some softer plastics can’t handle the dishwasher’s heat. Harder items like food processor bowls, plastic cutting boards and mixing bowls can often go in the dishwasher, but know that most clear plastic will get scratched and dulled over time if you wash it this way. Also, it’s often wise to place plastic items in the top rack of the washer, where they’re farther away from the heat.
Fine China, Crystal or Painted Plates
Please don’t ruin the heirloom hand-painted dishware your grandmother passed down to you (or the pretty plates you bought at Anthropologie, for that matter). These delicate items can chip, fade or lose their finish in the dishwasher. Any silverware with carved antler or bone handles should stay out of the machine as well.