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What NOT to Put in the Dishwasher

Posted on March 2nd, 2016 by Jupiter Tequesta

Dishwashers just aren’t meant to clean certain things. Before you load up your trusty appliance, keep in mind that some items are better off washed by hand. In fact, tossing some of the following things into your dishwasher can actually end up costing you money:

  1. Enamel glazed pots & pans— Even if they say “Dishwasher Safe,” the beautiful enamel coating can dull and chip off in the wash. Don’t risk it! Instead, wash enameled cast-iron pots and pans gently with soap and water.

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  2. Chef’s knives— They’re certainly not cheap, so don’t treat them as such. Dishwashers run at very high temperatures that can warp and wreak havoc on the metal in these large knives.
  3. Pet bowls and feeders— Yes, old pet food can be crusty and gross. But don’t be tempted to throw it into your dish washing machine — you’ll only wind up with melted plastic and a damaged appliance.
  4. Cast-iron skillets— Manufacturers treat this type of cookware with oil in order to prevent rusting. Putting cast-iron skillets in the dishwasher removes the seasoning, making it easier for rust to form in a shorter period of time.
  5. Soft plastics— Follow this rule: If you wouldn’t pour hot liquids into it, then it doesn’t belong in the dishwasher. If you have soft plastics that need to be washed, do it by hand. Otherwise, you’ll have a big plastic mess on your hands.

Is your dishwasher damaged? Contact Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for expert repair or installation. Our fully-licensed and insured plumbers can handle any problems and repairs you may have.

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