8 Things You Should Never Put in the Dishwasher

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If it weren’t for our dishwashers, the world would be a sad mess of dirty dishes. It seems that no matter how quickly you wash dishes, there’s always a great big pile of new ones that need to be cleaned. While dishwashers have made the world a better, cleaner place, they have also made us downright lazy! It is just too tempting to throw every dirty dish in there so you aren’t forced to (gasp!) hand-wash them. No judgment here, we are guilty too!


But make no mistake, there are things that simply shouldn’t go into the dishwasher.

8 Things You Should Never Put in the Dishwasher:

1. Good Kitchen Knives

Who would have known that knives are so fragile? Believe it or not, the agitation action dulls the blades. They can also get dinged from hitting other objects.

2. Enameled Cast-Iron Pots and Pans

They are technically dishwasher-safe, but washing multiple times in the dishwasher can dull and even chip the finish. You are better off hand washing these gems.

3. Wooden Spoons

If you live in the South, you’ve seen what a little humidity can do to a piece of wood. Imagine what a full-on wash in the dishwasher will do to your favorite wooden spoon! They will end up warped, cracked and even coming apart forcing you to throw them in the trash.

4. Soft Plastics

If you can’t put hot liquids in it, it doesn’t go in the dishwasher. Unless, of course, you love the smell of melting plastic.

5. Crystal

Why don’t you just throw your grandmother’s crystal pieces on the floor because that’s what you risk when you put it in the dishwasher. It is super sensitive to heat and can easily crack. Additionally, detergents can actually chip away at the gorgeous finish leaving them dull and cloudy.

6. Cast Iron Skillets

Please, for the love of all things holy, tell us you do not put your cast iron in the dishwasher. Talk about destroying all the seasoning you’ve worked so hard to create. (and possibly your relationship with your mom if she ever finds out!)

7. Non-Stick Pots and Pans

Have noticed a trend here? Pots and pans should be hand washed! Even your non-stick pans will lose their ability to let go when washed in the dishwasher.

8. Insulated Travel Mugs

Yep, even the ones that claim you can wash them in the machine. Insulated mugs have a space between the inner and outer layer that water can get trapped in leaving it with a musty odor.

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