After meal dishes can quickly pile up, especially if you have several people living in your household. A family of 5 cannot afford to skip washing the dishes even one day, as the load will become too big for the dishwasher to do and the dishes will pile up.
After a long day, loading a dishwasher is much easier and faster than hand washing dishes. Also, using the dishwasher will save your family a lot of water and money on utility bills. Hand-washing dishes wastes a lot of water and can make your monthly water bill very high.
But, there are some things that you should never put in your dishwasher. The usually things like plates, bowls, and cups are fine. But, some dishes and other household items should never be put into the dishwasher.
Here are a few things that you should not put into your dishwasher:
- Expensive knives. While knives are sharp and hearty, the construction of them is actually pretty fragile. Just like the movement of water has forged rivers through mountains, the constant beating of the dishwasher water against the blades over and over again can cause the blade to dull. And, if other items are banging around in the dishwasher, they might bang against the knives and cause dings and scratches.
- Cast iron. If you have any cast iron pans or pots do not put them in the dishwasher. This is more applicable to foodies who understand the importance of seasoning your cast iron. If you put them into the dishwasher, the seasoning will be washing right off. Plus, the water can cause rust.
- Wooden items. Anything that is made from wood like spoons, spatulas, and cutting boards should never be put into the dishwasher. The wood can easily become warped, cracked, and even pull apart from the water and the heat inside of the dishwasher.
Keep your dishwasher, and all of your kitchen items protected, by not putting them in the dishwasher. If you have a wooden cutting board break apart during a dishwashing cycle, the wooden splinters could puncture the filter of your dishwasher and cause expensive damage.