What Items Are Dishwasher Safe?

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When it comes to maintaining your household appliances, preventive care is always your best bet.  This is even true when it comes to maintaining your dishwasher.  And though you may not think too much about what you’re putting into your washer, the truth is that anything that you put in will have an impact on its ability to function at its highest ability.  

So, does this mean that you should be cautious about what you put into your dishwasher?  Yes.  Some items can easily be destroyed, and that’s not just an issue for your favorite coffee mug or serving platter. When dishes and other items are damaged in your dishwasher, they also leave behind particles that can be harmful to your washer.   That’s why we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts for what items can and can’t be washed in your machine.  Let’s take a look:

Dishwasher-Safe Items

Kitchenware items that can be safely cleaned in your dishwasher include:  

  • Ceramic plates, bowls and mugs
  • Pyrex baking dishes and mixing bowls
  • Stoneware baking dishes
  • Stainless-steel mixing bowls, half-sheet pans, muffin tins, cooling racks and any other metal bakeware (on the top rack so as to not block the water flow)
  • Plastic cutting boards
  • Wood-composite cutting boards
  • Kitchen shears
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Stainless-steel flatware
  • Silicone kitchen utensils
  • Metal kitchen utensils
  • Kitchen sponges and scrub brushes (on the top rack only)

Non-Dishwasher-Safe Items

Kitchenware items that should not be cleaned in your dishwasher include:

  • Delicate or high-end glassware, china and silver (anything that you would be heartbroken over damaging)
  • Wood and bamboo cutting boards, utensils and tools (the high heat will warp and crack them leaving splinters)
  • Nice kitchen and steak knives, especially those made of carbon steel (the power of the dishwasher will make them loose their edge faster, and if any have wooden handles, they’ll warp and splinter in the heat)
  • Copper pots and pans (the metal will warp and dent)
  • Cast-iron pots and pans
  • Enameled cast-iron pots and pans (enamel chips off with the power of a washer)
  • Pop-top pantry storage containers (the plastic gaskets melt and warp in the heat)

Wash in Your Dishwasher at Your Own Risk

  • Travel coffee mugs, reusable water bottles and other insulated beverage cups that don’t specify dishwasher safety (the seals might warp and depreciate quickly in the heat)
  • Nonstick pots, pans, and bakeware (the finish can wear faster)
  • Stainless-steel pots and pans
  • Serrated knives (their edges can become damaged)
  • Inexpensive stemware (on the top rack only to prevent/lessen potential breakage)
  • Inexpensive glass or stoneware vases (on the top rack only)
  • Inexpensive wooden spoons and utensils (on the top rack only to prevent further breakdown and splintering)

The best thing that you can do to protect both your dishwasher and your kitchenware is to double check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning. This is especially important if you have any doubts as to what can and can’t be put in your machine.  Of course, you don’t want to lose any piece of your carefully curated kitchen sets. Perhaps more importantly, though, you don’t want carelessness to damage a most vital and expensive piece of equipment in your home.  

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