Think twice before you put these things in the dishwasher

Think twice before you put these things in the dishwasher

Hello my dears,

I have some tips for you today, on what items should not go into the dishwasher if you want to keep them looking good and working well for longer than just a few months.

I have to admit that I would love to put everything I use in the kitchen straight into the dishwasher after dinner because it saves me precious time meaning I can lie down that bit faster, read a book, work on a song, a poem or sew a couple of things.

Actually, the problem is not that I don’t like washing up, it’s drying up the dishes afterwards that I don’t like at all. Don’t ask me why but I just find it really tedious. Unfortunately I had to learn the expensive way that putting everything into the dishwasher is not always the smartest thing to do.

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Based on my experience the following items are a dishwasher no –no.

  • Sharp knives and graters do not belong in the dishwasher, because they quickly become dull.
  • Porcelaine can crack or even break because of the high temperatures. Gold and silver edges or ornaments can become pale or even come off.
  • My experience also shows that some glasses should not go in the dishwasher. They either break, become dull or scratched. Tinted glasses tend to lose their color. So avoid putting them or any hand-painted items or anything that has any sort of print in the dishwasher.
  • A tip: Drinking glasses should not touch each other in the dishwasher, this prevents annoying scratches and cracks.
  • I must also mention that using the dishwasher incorrectly can also ruin the dishes. Cracks, scratches, stains, lime deposits, can all result from using the wrong tabs, from too little rinse aid or from the lack of softening salt.
  • Anything made out of wood like wooden spoons should also be washed by hand. Wood will crack in the machine due to the moisture. Then what happens is that litte food leftovers get stuck in the cracks, and they are pretty difficult to remove. I would say that wood does not belong in the dishwasher because of hygienic reasons.
  • Dishwashing tabs are too aggressive for silver cutlery. If you need to wash them in the dishwasher, then then do so without tabs.
  • Cutlery made of plastic can go in the dishwasher from time to time, but it should not become a habit. I have noticed that even the machine-resistant plastic cutlery suffers and discolors over time. You can also risk damaging anything made out of thin plastic because of the heat in the dishwasher.
  • Sometimes even thick plastic like lids loose their form and this can permanently prevent them from ever fitting snug again. If at all I suggest you place them on the top rack of your dishwasher, it’s further away from the heating elements.
  • Pots and pans should also be cleaned as seldom as possible in the dishwasher. The layer that makes their ideal cooking properties can be destroyed in the dishwasher.


So pay attention when buying, if and how items can be washed. It is usually stated, whether the product is dishwasher safe or not.

What are your experiences with your dishwashers? What do you put in them and what is better off washed by hand? Leave a comment, I would love to hear you experiences.


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