5 things you should never put in your dishwasher

5 things you should never put in your dishwasher

The dishwasher is the ultimate appliance for making cleaning quicker and easier.

And while there is a wide variety of things you can put in there besides kitchenware, there are actually several cooking and serving tools you should never clean in the dishwasher.

Cleaning coach Kelsey from the popular Instagram account Life on Stacy Lane, revealed in a recent video five commonly used items that should only be hand-washed. You can watch her video above.

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This is because the high heat of the dishwasher, along with the water exposure and detergents used can damage and/or break the surfaces of some kitchenware. By only hand-washing you’ll keep them in good condition and they will last longer.

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The first item Kelsey believes is best washed only in hot soapy water is good quality knives.

“The dishwasher can potentially dull the blade, and a dull knife is way more dangerous than a sharp one, and even cause the handle to loosen over time,” she said in an Instagram post.

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Knives and wooden utensils should only be hand-washed. (Instagram/@lifeonstacylane)

Another reason knives are best hand-washed is you risk accidentally cutting yourself when unloading the dishwasher, especially if you’ve placed the knife in the cutlery basket.

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Wooden cutting boards and utensils are also best hand-washed, but not soaked. Kelsey explained the hot water warps the wood and dries it out.

“To maintain, wash and dry thoroughly by hand and use a food-grade mineral oil to condition,” she said.

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Cast iron pans shouldn’t even be hand-washed with detergent, just hot water. (Instagram/@lifeonstacylane)

Kelsey also warned against putting cast iron cookware in the dishwasher because the hot water and detergent will wear away the coating. Cast iron can also rust easily, so being left in a moist dishwasher will only speed up that process.

To clean cast iron cookware you only need hot water and something gentle to help scrape off food.

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Non-stick cookware is another item that is often best hand-washed, unless the instructions say the dishwasher is OK. But even then you might still want to hand-wash them to maintain the quality.

“The high temps and harsh detergents over time can eat away at the special coating. My exact pots clearly state ‘dishwasher safe’, but I still wash mine by hand,” Kelsey added.

Finally, delicate items like fine bone china should never go in the dishwasher. This is because they can get chipped easily.

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That might seem like a lot of things you can’t rely on the convenience of a dishwasher for, but just think of all the things you can put in there instead.

Along with the most frequently used items like cutlery, plates, bowls and tumblers, you can also toss in cloths, sponges, Lego bricks (in a mesh washing bag), toothbrush holders, thongs, pet food bowls and the microwave plate.

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