Keep These Items Out Of The Dishwasher

August 20, 2019

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The dishwasher is a machine of convenience and sustainability (uses less water than hand-washing dishes) but it can't clean everything and in many cases shouldn't be used to clean items. For instance, utensils, bowls and cutting boards made of wood should be hand-washed and air dried. Hot water and the heat from the drying cycle can cause wood items to warp and bend out of shape. And a warped cutting board is really hard to cut on! Hot water can also dull the finish of wood kitchen items. Your expensive crystal should be keep tout of the dishwasher too. Here too the hot water can cause crystal to break, chip, and crack. It can also dull the gorgeous finish of crystal items. Copper pots and pans and those gorgeous copper mule mugs are best left out of the dishwasher. It's recommended that they be hand-washed with mild soap. Once again, it's the high temperate that is the culprit and can dull copper's shine and finish. Insulated mugs are great at keeping your beverage hot or cold but inside a dishwasher, water can find its way to the space in-between the inner and out layer, which will compromise its insulating effect. Some brands of nonstick pans can go in the dishwasher, but if you're not sure of the manufacturer's instructions, it's best to leave them out. The nonstick quality could be affected. Keep graters, microplanes and garlic presses out too. The small holes in graters and microplanes used for zesting and grating cheese, lemons, and limes can be remain plugged when placed in a dishwasher. Ditto any garlic left in a garlic press. It can be almost impossible to clean out those little holes after this happens! These items are best cleaned by hand-washing with a soft-bristled brush.

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SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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