If you have a dishwasher at home that isn’t your left and right hands, then you know the convenience it allows.
It can also ruin certain items in your kitchen. Here’s a handy list gathered from the Food Network. And no, we’re totally not putting this up passive aggressively for our roommate to read.
STOP PUTTING THE NON-STICK PANS IN THE DISHWASHER! THERE IS A REASON IT LOOKS TEN YEARS OLD DESPITE BEING TWO!!!!
Sorry. Don’t know what came over us.
- Nonstick cookware. Vein…throbbing. Apparently, the dishwashing soap is pretty abrasive, so it scratches the nonstick up pretty bad.
- Wood. The heat from the dishwasher can warp and crack it, so the recommendation is to scrub wood items, such as a cutting board, with baking soda.
- Cast iron skillets. The dishwasher is a big No-No for cast iron skillets. For starters, it strips the seasoning, which is the whole point of getting one. Also, the dishwasher can make them rust. Clean immediately with hot water after you’re finished cooking.
- Aluminum cookware. Going through the cycle, just one, mind, can oxidize the metal. It makes it go from shiny to dull.
- Copper, Gold, Silver. These precious metals will tarnish in the dishwasher. Which is good to know, because I was planning on running the gold nuggets I sifted out of the river through a cycle or two.
- Certain Plastic items. This should be apparent to anyone that has ran something through and then realized after it was a gooey mess that it didn’t have that “Dishwasher safe” note on it.
- Sharp Knives. The detergent dulls them, so always hand-wash.