Dishwashers are a great but tricky appliance. They help clean the mess of dishes that can pile up over time and they can save you time. However, there are certain things that shouldn’t be run through the dishwasher. This is for the benefit of the dishwasher, but mostly the dishes or utensils.
There are a couple of things you should not put in a dishwasher.
Wood - it can scratch the utensil or damage the wood grain over time. It can even cause the utensil to crack.
Cast iron - dish detergent can wear it down.
Copper or metal - the dishwasher can cause discoloration or dullness.
Plastic items - some are dishwasher safe, some are not. Read the label on the dishware to see if it’s safe, and if it isn’t it could become scratched, damaged, or even melt.
Finally, fine china, crystal, or painted plates - these should never be put in the dishwasher because they are delicate and can become easily damaged or worn.
Be careful next time you go to run the dishwasher. Caution can save some of the dishes you may use often.
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