The dishwasher has become a go to appliance for many UK households; helping us to save both time and water. Modern dishwashers also tend to be powerful appliances, but that’s a double-edged sword; they may deal with your stuck-on Friday night takeaway stains, but they can cause havoc on delicate dishes.
There are also some things you might be tempted to run through the dishwasher to avoid hand washing that could cause harm to the appliance itself, tough as it is. Read on for 8 things not to do before starting your next cleaning cycle.
1. No Food-Covered Dishes
This might seem counter-intuitive — it is a dishWASHER after all, but it’s not a food disposal appliance. Chunks of food may get broken up a little by the water jets, but they can easily block the drain line and could potentially require a visit from a plumber. Be sure to rinse your dishes well before putting them in the dishwasher to avoid this problem. Sauces and such are fine if they’ll simply liquefy and go down the drain, but you should avoid fat and grease at all costs.
2. No Sticky Labels
Everybody hates having to remove the sticky labels that are sometimes on the bottom of new dishes, but these can come loose inside the dishwasher and completely block the drain or filter. Always remove these by hand.
3. No Dishes Or Utensils That Have Been Glued
Whether it’s a broken plate you patched back together, or a plastic kitchen gadget held together with adhesive, glue can loosen in the high heat of a dishwasher cycle. You should always wash these things by hand and avoid letting them soak in a steamy dishwater.
4. No Hollow Plastic
This is most often a problem with hollow handles on plastic utensils. Water can seep in, and if you don’t notice, it can linger and lead to mould growth.
5. No Insulated Travel Mugs
unless they’re specifically dishwasher-safe. Just like hollow utensil handles, moisture may seep inside, compromising the insulation and creating a mould risk.
6. No Wood
Wooden spoons, cutting boards and other kitchenware should be washed and dried in quick succession to keep them in good shape. A trip through the dishwasher can cause wood to swell, warp and crack, and can strip away protective finishes.
7. No Fine Or Metallic Dinnerware
Because things can inadvertently bounce around inside the dishwasher, you’ll want to hand wash things like your fine china and silver. And if you have dishes with metallic trim or finish, it’s especially important that you don’t run those through the dishwasher; it can permanently dull them in a single cycle.
8. No Cast Iron
Frying pan/Gridle pan made of cast iron become seasoned with each use, and they must be cleaned gently and carefully. Putting a cast iron pan through the dishwasher will strip all that seasoning away.
Take care of your dishes and your dishwasher — but if you do somehow block up the drain line, don’t despair. Just call Home Services Assistance to help.