8 Things You Should Never Put In Your Dishwasher

Some kinds of metals and glassware are much too delicate for a power wash

8 Things You Should Never Put In Your Dishwasher
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The high temperature and harsh detergent in the dishwasher can ruin some kitchen tools.

Most of us consider anyone with a dishwasher extremely lucky. Many people seek out apartments and houses with dishwashers already installed. The ease and convenience of loading and pushing “on” is far better than scrubbing and soaking, but some kinds of metals and glassware are much too delicate for a power wash.

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The high temperature and harsh detergent in the dishwasher can cause specific types of these glassware, pots, and pans to ruin and fade. The dishwasher has a similar effect on other kinds of utensils, flatware, and silverware. For some kitchen tools, it's best to dig out the rubber gloves and get scrubbing.

Cast iron pans are one of the best kitchen investments out there, but after a good sear of meat, they can use a good cleaning. These finicky pans, however, have no place in the dishwasher — especially if you break the bank buying a fancy Dutch oven.

Before you load the dishwasher and press power, make sure that you don’t have any of those or other specialty items included. After you’ve invested the money in these tools, it’s best to care for them correctly. Always check with the manufacturer and read the instruction manuals on any kitchen tool or utensil that you buy. In the meantime, this list is a good resource for deciding what to leave out.

Sharp Knives

Sharp knives dull faster when put through the dishwasher cycle. Plus, they can rack up dings and dents from other objects. Instead, wash the knives by hand, being careful not cut yourself on the blade.

Non-stick Pans

The non-stick surface of the pan can wash away after several cycles in the dishwasher. It’s best to wash these by hand to keep the non-stick surface intact.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.


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Aluminum also should not be put in the dishwasher as it forms a type of aluminum rust

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Thank God kids didn't make the top 10 list!

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This article is apparently fresh from the pages of "D'Oh!" magazine. Along similar lines, here are a few other items NOT to put in a dishwasher: small pets, bricks, books, frankfurter rolls, mittens and sneakers.

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If you can't clean it in the dishwasher, it isn't worth having.

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Some small pets may be placed in the dishwasher. For example, Chihuahuas. The National Get A Real Dog Association (NGARDA) does recommend a Chihuahua was on delicate at least once every other week.

Climate skepticism has no place in a dishwasher.

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Snark much? Troll much? You're just a touch smug. Create better content - don't rip on that which you deem less than valuable. You, and we all, will feel better! Sunshine and kitty kisses to you, friend. Love you!

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"Instead, wash the knives by hand, being careful not cut yourself on the blade."

Think about it.

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"Instead, wash the knives by hand, being careful not cut yourself on the blade."

Think about it.

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