If you have a dishwasher in your home, you will probably agree with us that it is one of the most desired and loved appliances in the home due to the enormous and tedious work that it is capable of saving us in the kitchen. Thanks to them we avoid having to spend hours and hours in front of the sink washing the dishes by hand. Once the dishwasher crosses into your life it is impossible not to grow fond of it.
In addition, it is a device that is capable of surprising you more every day, since even when you thought that there were certain utensils that you could not put in it, such as the shelves of the refrigerator or the filters of the extractor hood, you were wrong! ! However, be careful! In the kitchen, we also use some things that should never go in the dishwasher either for the sake of those things or for the sake of the dishwasher itself. We tell you what they are:
Things you should never wash in the dishwasher
Most of the utensils that we are going to show you below are for everyday use, so it is very likely that sooner or later you will end up putting them in the dishwasher without realizing it and with all the good intentions in the world. Obviously, these instruments are most likely not broken when the wash cycle ends and you take them out, but you do have to take into account that their useful life could be seriously reduced if you regularly wash them in the dishwasher.
1 Don’t put knives in the dishwasher.
Except for small table knives (those that barely cut), kitchen knives should never be washed in the dishwasher, especially those with wooden handles. Washing knives in the dishwasher should be avoided since the detergents used are usually too aggressive for the steels. In addition, dishwashers do not have a special grid or compartment adapted to protect them from knocks during washing.
2 Be careful putting pressure cooker lids in the dishwasher.
You should be careful when putting pressure cooker lids in the dishwasher for two main reasons: Firstly, because the rubber bands lose their effectiveness. Secondly, if powdered detergents are used, particles of the same can be trapped in the valve ducts, even clogging or obstructing it.
3 Wooden pallets
Wooden instruments are not suitable for the dishwasher since, due to the high temperatures of this appliance when it is working, they run the risk of dissolving or changing their consistency. If you don’t want your popsicles to be reduced to mere splinters, you’re better off washing them by hand.
4 Glass cups
You may be afraid of washing your precious wine and champagne glasses by hand, but what you don’t know is that by putting them in the dishwasher you are causing them even more damage. High temperatures, time, your wash cycle, and proximity to other utensils can cause your materials to end up cracking, chipping, and even dull or breaking. If you want to wash them properly, follow this advice: Heat two cups of vinegar and pour them into a basin. Put the glass cups inside and let them soak for at least three or four minutes. Then rinse them with clean water and dry them with a lint-free towel to achieve a perfect finish and shine.
Tupperware containers are the best invention of the century to take food to work or to store food in the fridge and consume it another day, however, when it comes to putting it in the dishwasher you must be very careful. Unless an item is clearly labeled by the manufacturer as ‘dishwasher safe’ (you can look it up online if you’ve already thrown out the box it came in when you bought it), you shouldn’t put it in the dishwasher if you don’t want to have a mishap. . The heat of the water or the drying process can melt or change the chemical composition of the container, making it unsafe to place and reuse food.
6 Non-stick pans
As with Tupperware, unless the manufacturer expressly indicates that they are dishwasher safe, pans and pots with non-stick Teflon coating should be washed by hand. During machine washing, the non-stick coating can crack which will gradually peel off with use.
7 pet feeders
You probably think of your dog or cat as a member of the family, but their germs shouldn’t mix with yours. Have you ever heard the story that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s? Do not believe it. It’s best to wash your pet’s bowls by hand and let them air dry.
8 Jars with paper labels
When we want to reuse a commercial glass jar whose label is difficult to remove, it is very easy to fall into the temptation of putting it in the dishwasher. Mistake! It is true that at the end of the washing cycle there will be no trace of the label. The problem? That this could end up clogging the drain. If ever a jar with a label ends up in your dishwasher by mistake, don’t forget to check the drain later to remove the globs of paper that may have been plugged