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10 things you should keep away from your dishwasher

Did you know that dishwashers can not only save you time and give a much more efficient clean than washing by hand, they can also save you money and can even be more eco-friendly depending on things like:

  1. The model of dishwasher and whether it has an energy star rating.
  2. How you heat the water in your home.
  3. How often you do the dishes, and how fastidious you are about only washing full loads.
  4. Whether you use an eco-friendly detergent. 

Dishwasher tablets or powder that’s free of chemicals like synthetic dyes, perfumes and phosphates is safer and healthier for you and our waterways. With advances in science and technology, healthier plant and mineral based products should work just as effectively as the harsher chemical ones, providing you with effective stain removal, preventing spots and streaking on your dishes or build up of limescale in your dishwasher.

An efficient dishwasher is hard to beat, but here are 10 things that are still best washed by hand:

  1. Crystal glasses: these are susceptible to scratches and cracks.
  2. Sharp knives: the dishwasher can damage the blade by knocking it against other items in the machine. Detergents and high heat used in dishwashers can also deteriorate the blade. Read more.
  3. Antique or precious china cups, saucers and plates - especially those with patterns or metallic borders
  4. Silver or brass items: these can become tarnished or lose their protective coating.
  5. Some plastics - such as disposable food containers: the high temperatures can damage the plastic making it warp and buckle and potentially leach chemicals into your food.
  6. Jars and cans with labels on: the labels come loose and can block the filter of your machine (here’s a great tip we found for removing sticky jar labels with a hairdryer, on Pinterest).
  7. Cast iron pans: will lose their protective coating and may start to rust.
  8. Insulated mugs and containers: vacuum seals can be destroyed if water seeps in.
  9. Wooden bowls and spoons: can warp, split and crack.
  10. Bone handled knives: handles discolour and deteriorate.

Dishwasher tip: Once a week place your dishcloth in the top rack of your machine when you do a load of dishes to ‘sterilise’ against any bugs.

Got some dishwasher tips to share? We’d love to hear them.


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    You're welcome smile
    By Melanie Rands on Sat November 23, 2013
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    Thanks for sharing this great piece of Information. I was committing mistakes in some of the above cases but now i will keep these useful tips in my mind.
    By Grant Sheridan on Thu November 21, 2013
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    I was just away renting a house this weekend in Vermont. We had 12 people, so we did about two loads a day with all the dishes and pots and utensils and etc.

    Although I've lived predominately in apartments where I've had to hand wash everything for the last eight or so years, I'm surprised at how incapable people are of loading a dishwasher. I became crazy dishwasher guy when people didn't put the bowls properly in the top rack. Drives me nuts.
    By Erik on Sun November 04, 2012
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    If you use the plastic scrubbing brush (which you of course wouldn't as you would have the wooden EcoStore one!) pop that in with your cutlery to sterlize much like your dish cloth.
    By Kirsten on Sat August 18, 2012
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    Good Point Ronelle, thanks for sharing. Actually I've been doing a bit of research about Teflon and was planning on a blog post about it soon, but my advice would actually be to avoid it altogether.
    By Melanie on Fri August 17, 2012
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    I also wouldn't put anything teflon coated into the dishwasher. Teflon can degrade over time and flake into food.
    By ronelle Baker on Fri August 17, 2012

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