What would we do without our beloved dishwashers? They certainly make meal times convenient, but that’s not to say we should put everything and anything inside them.

Although there’s a lot our dishwashers can handle, the hot temperature, powerful water and detergent mean some things should never be put inside.

Our list of 17 things you should never put in the dishwasher will get any confusion all cleaned up for you.

1. Don’t put your garlic press in the dishwasher

It’s often tempting to put the things that are hardest to clean in the dishwasher, but those are often the things that absolutely shouldn’t be in there.

The pressure created by a garlic press often leaves garlic pieces stuck on the inside. These pieces are wedged in so well that even the strong current of your dishwasher will struggle to remove them. It’s much better to wash garlic presses by hand to ensure all garlic is removed and they are truly clean.

2. Wash your chef knives by hand

Top quality knives don’t come cheap. If you’ve already invested in a set or are thinking about it, make sure you look after them properly.

Throw them into the dishwasher, and the abrasive detergents will wear down the sharp edges. They’re also prone to move around in the wash, and these bumps won’t do their sharpness any good either.

3. Don’t put copper in the dishwasher

Let’s face it, you didn’t buy copper cookware for its heat conducting properties alone. New copper looks stunning – let’s try and keep it that way.

If you want to preserve their look for as long as possible, the last thing you should do is put them in the dishwasher. This will alter their colour, making them mottled and even giving them a rusty appearance – not exactly the interior dream you had envisioned.

4. How to wash antique plates

Antique plates, your Granny’s old cooking pot or anything that’s old or has sentimental value should not be put in the dishwasher.

Many older items existed at a time when dishwashers were yet to be invented, and so they’re not as hardy as those sold today.

Wash these items by hand, and admire their beauty while you’re at it!

5. Are plastic containers dishwasher safe?

It’s a good question, but not one that has a straightforward answer. Much like plates, some plastic containers are deemed ‘microwave and dishwasher safe’. This is usually marked on the bottom of the box.

Others, however, cannot withstand the temperatures of a dishwasher. Wash them, and the plastic may melt or the chemical composition of the plastic may be changed, making it unsafe to use in the future.

The same goes for takeaway boxes, which should never be put in the dishwasher unless stated by the restaurant.

6. Can you put wooden chopping boards & utensils in the dishwasher?

Wooden chopping boards and utensils are no different to any other wood – they should be kept as dry as possible.

To prevent wood from becoming saturated with liquid, it’s best to wash them by hand. The high temperatures in your dishwasher can also cause splinters, another reason to avoid washing them in this way.

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