I never have a dishwasher of our own or experience using one in my entire life here in the US. I expected to have one since this country is always advance and besides most households are having dish washer. I have a feeling that we are the only one still using the old way of doing dishes which is by hand. Anyhow, I have read an article that might find you helpful just in case you are using dish washer. You can save money – and time – by being pickier about what you put into the dishwasher.
Here are five things I should never to put into the dishwasher.
Wood: This includes wooden spoons, salad bowls, chopsticks, and cutting boards. Wood will swell and crack in the dishwasher. My cutting board broke in half, and the bottom of my salad bowl dislodged and made a slit so that I could no longer use it for anything that could leak (the glue used to seal it looked like it got dissolved or washed away).
Knives: I still put my cheap butter knives in there, but never the larger, nicer ones. The harsh detergent will cause nicks and scratches on the blade, dulling it. Also, putting and removing sharp, large knives is likely to cause damage to the dishwasher rack itself.
Crystal/Hand-blown Glass: These items are not just sensitive to heat (they can crack), but abrasive detergent can chip and etch them as well, causing them to lose their brilliance. They should be gently handwashed and dried with a soft, lint free towel.
Pots & Pans: It’s generally not a good idea to put pots and pans in the dishwasher. After running a few cycles on them, I noticed some of my pots and pans had loose handles and seals were coming off (like my wooden salad bowl above). Additionally, here are particular types that should definitely not go into the dishwasher:
* Nonstick/Anodized Aluminum: The coating will wear out and break down and it will no longer be non-stick. This includes bakeware.
* Cast Iron: It will rust and lose its seasoning. After rinsing with water, heat on the stove to completely dry.
* Enameled Cast Iron: These are very prone to chipping. Plates and bowls may hit against the pot during the cycle.
* Aluminum: It’s extremely vulnerable to nicks and scratches. This includes thermoses and water bottles.
Gold Trim: Watch out for any plates
, bowls, or cups with gold trim. They will be removed by the harsh detergent and water pressure.
Final tips: It’s not always as easy as looking at the label to see whether something is dishwasher safe. Keep in mind that the environment inside a dishwasher is hot, humid, and wet. The detergent is abrasive. The water spray is not gentle (it’s trying to spray off that caked-in spaghetti sauce). The top rack generally gets a gentler wash than the bottom. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be able to make better decisions about what to put in and what to keep out of the dishwasher.
This tip is very helpful for people to live large on a small budget. It will saves you money and time. Nothing will lose by following any of this tip, as a matter of fact you will save money and it will make your dishwasher last longer.