Items That Don’t Belong in the Dishwasher, Pt. 2

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Items That Don’t Belong in the Dishwasher, Pt. 2

Did you know that dishwashers are great at cleaning more than just dirty cookware and utensils? Here are seven things you can clean in your dishwasher.

As we learned last month, there are some items better left washed by hand. Here are more items you absolutely shouldn’t try to wash in the dishwasher.

  1. Dishwashing liquid. This may seem confusing; after all, it IS called dishwashing liquid! However, this product should only be used when washing dishes by hand. If placed in the dishwasher, you’ll see a giant bubble bath form in your kitchen in a matter of minutes. Remember, dishwashing liquid is for those washed by hand and dishwasher detergent is for the dishwasher.
  2. Copper items. Copper pots and pans are known for their superior cooking quality, but they can easily change color when placed in a dishwasher. The copper will turn to rust quickly! Wash all copper items by hand in order to preserve their beauty.
  3. Cheese grater. If you place one of these in the dishwasher, it will look as if it wasn’t cleaned at all by the time the wash cycle ends. This is because the dishwasher doesn’t have the ability to get rid of the cheese curdles hidden inside all of the holes of the grater. These are better off being washed by hand.
  4. Top-notch chef knives. While some dishwashers have a knife rack, the cycles and detergents will dull the sharpness of the knives’ blades. These are better off being washed by hand and dried carefully with a towel.
  5. Pet bowls and feeders. The bacteria from pet bowls and feeders can transfer onto your dishes, putting you and your family at risk of becoming sick. Wash all pet items by hand and allow them to air dry.