You might be surprised by some of the items that a dishwasher can damage. Here are some more items you should keep away from your dishwasher – or that may need extra special care.
Dishwasher Could Damage These Items...
Sharp kitchen knives often different from other cutlery. Some knives have a wooden or plastic handle - often attached with rivets. Both materials can be damaged by hot water, and the rivets can get loose, making the knife unsafe. A dishwasher can also blunt your knives: The Dishwasher detergent, which is abrasive, can damage the edge of the knife.
A kitchen tool with sharp edges could catch on the dishwasher racks, and rust could form.
Wooden spoons and chopping boards can be damaged by the dishwasher. Hot water makes the wood expand and as it cools, it causes cracks. Similarly, dirty water can get trapped in the wood.
NON-STICK/TEFLON POTS AND PANS
Some non-stick pots and pans can be put in the dishwasher, but not all. The non-stick coating may be damaged during washing, shortening its life.
COPPER POTS AND PANS
Copper pots and pans can get damaged or discoloured from a dishwasher. If you cook with them, retaining the colour can be difficult, and dishwashing will cause oxidation. Harsh detergents can cause scratches and pitting.
Cleaning disposable aluminium causes black marks to form on other items in the dishwasher. As aluminium is light, it can flake and spread around the inside of the dishwasher. This can damage glasses any other item prone to scratching.
Insulated mugs are designed with a gap between two materials that are filled with air. This helps to improve insulation. However, putting these items in a dishwasher can result in water getting into that gap, and then becoming trapped. A hand wash is a better solution.
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