Whether you own a countertop dishwasher, mini dishwasher, or standard dishwasher, several items can cause damage. The below list of eight items is not dishwasher safe that can ruin a dishwasher.
What kind of things can't be put in, and why?
The items below are not ideal for any dishwasher, and you should avoid washing these with your other dishwasher-friendly items. Skip adding these items to a portable Comfee dishwasher, an appliance that can typically hold over 30 various dishes and utensils.
Wood is a porous material, so it is more susceptible to water and moisture than other materials. If you decide to put your wooden utensils in a home dishwasher, there is a high likelihood that the utensils will get moldy or even warp.
Copper Pans and Mugs
It's best to avoid putting any items in a regular or compact dishwasher made from copper material. This material reacts poorly to chemicals, and you'll ruin your expensive copper kitchen items by putting them in the dishwasher.
DIY dishware is often not made of dishwasher-friendly material. Adding it to the dishwasher could damage the surface or crack the dishware.
Plastic utensils, containers, or cups should never be in the dishwasher. Dishwashers can reach very hot temperatures, which can melt the plastic. Plastic is very difficult to get out of a dishwasher once it hardens.
It’s best to avoid putting insulated cups in the dishwasher, as it can ruin the insulation layer. The only exception to this rule is if the cup clearly states that it’s dishwasher-friendly.
Kitchen knives are very sharp and can potentially damage the dishwasher's interior as they shift. If the kitchen knife knocks against other items in the dishwasher, it can chip or break the blade.
Putting towels and rags into your dishwasher can damage the towels and the dishwasher. This appliance is not made for washing any cloth items, so keep those for the regular washing machine.
Avoid putting non-stick pans in the dishwasher, as the high water temperatures and chemicals can remove the oil on the pan's surface, which helps it avoid sticking to food. It’s best to handwash non-stick pans with warm soapy water and towel dry.
If you're interested in a new dishwasher or a countertop portable dishwasher, check out this Comfee dishwasher. The 5L Mini Dishwasher is perfect for small loads and will help you save water, meaning you’ll have more money in your pocket.
Dishwasher Loading Tips
If you’re unsure whether an item is dishwasher safe, read the packaging and look for a dishwasher safe symbol. This symbol or lack of symbol will alert you to whether or not you can put an item in the dishwasher.