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Look Before You Load: What Not to Put in the Dishwasher


There’s no doubt that owning a dishwasher can simplify your life. Most kitchen items can be popped into the dishwasher after you’ve used them, but some cookware should never see the inside of that appliance. Learn what not to put in the dishwasher, so you can spend a less time worrying.

Copper Pots in the Dishwasher?

Not if you want it to last. Copper is great at conducting heat. If you put your copper pots in a dishwasher, you run the risk of dulling their shine and shortening their lifespans.

Stainless Steel in the Dishwasher?

The jury is still out on this one. Some items, such as stainless-steel silverware or bowls, could make it unscathed. However, cookware should only be washed by hand. Because there is a question about safety, you may want to hand wash everything.

Cast Iron Skillets in the Dishwasher?

The answer to this is a resounding no.  In addition to being prone to rusting, cast iron is seasoned, which is why there are special cleaning rules you need to be aware of when cooking with this material.

In addition to those made of the three materials outlined above. We’ve compiled a list of common kitchen items that should always be washed by hand. Keep in mind that this list is by no means comprehensive; if you’re unsure of what not to put in a dishwasher, handwashing is almost always your best course of action.

What not to put in:

  • Items made of aluminum
  • Enameled cast iron
  • Family heirlooms, crystal, gold-plated dishware, china
  • Good kitchen knives
  • Insulated mugs
  • Non-stick pots, pans and bakeware
  • Plastic storage containers unless instructions specify dishwasher safe
  • Wooden utensils or cutting boards

Now you know which cookware/kitchen items should not be put in the dishwasher.

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