Handwash Only Items!

Prolong the life of your kitchenware. Today we're sharing 6 items that you should NEVER put through the dishwasher and how to best wash.

1. Kitchen Knives

Dishwasher soap will quickly dull the blade of your kitchen knives, which also increases the chance of injury. Instead, hand wash them with warm + soapy water and dry quickly to avoid rust.

2. Certain Plastic Items

Plastic kitchen items need to be treated case by case. Some can withstand heat better than others. Be sure to check the manufacture's label. If your item is dishwasher safe, keep it on the top rack.

3. Nonstick Cookware

Most nonstick items are coated with Teflon, which can't withstand the intense heat from the dishwasher. Start by soaking your nonstick item in warm, sudsy water and use a nonabrasive scrubber to remove any food.

4. Fine China + Crystal

Putting your china and crystal through the dishwasher can increase the risk of chipping. Wash them with warm water, mild soap and vinegar. Avoid exposing to hot water. Be sure to dry carefully with a lint-free cloth.

5. Copper Items

Keep your copper items looking brand new by hand washing with warm water and a gentle dish soap. Finish off by using a polish specifically made to get it gleaming. Putting copper through the dishwasher will cause your items to discolor and look dull.

6. Aluminum Cookware

Not to be confused with stainless steel cookware, which typically can be cleaned in the dishwasher, aluminum cannot. When exposed to hot water, aluminum cookware will fade and oxidize quickly. Also avoid letting these items soap in soapy water for extended periods of time. Clean them with cream of tartar and water. You can remove discoloration by simmering a mixture of one tablespoon lemon juice per quart of water on the stove top.

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