Thankfully, we can enjoy the convenience and efficiency of technology in everyday life. As such, a dishwasher is one of the most useful appliances that can save you a lot of time and effort. However, it’s also important to keep your dishwasher in good working order. And, according to your trustworthy Levittown handyman, the best way to do exactly that is to know what you can wash in a dishwasher and what you can’t. Interestingly enough, cooking utensils and dishes are not all you can put in this amazing appliance.

The dishwasher is a great ally in every home. It’s essential at homes with large families, extremely useful in homes that receive many guests, and desired by all those who don’t have it when washing dishes by hand. And, if you’re looking for more reasons to buy your own dishwasher, you’re soon to learn about other objects and elements that you can wash in this unique and useful machine.


Everything you can wash in a dishwasher

For starters, you have a wide range of dishes that you can wash in a dishwasher – hence the name of the appliance. Basically, you can safely place any cooking utensil, pot, pan, glass, and so on in a dishwasher as long as the instructions on the lid or dish don’t explicitly say “not suitable for dishwasher”.

But did you know that some clothing items can also be placed in the dishwasher, particularly those with grease stains. Make sure that the garments are resistant to hot washing and rubbing, such as sports caps, light shoes, and others. Load the dishwasher only with these garments, and make sure they are well attached to the grill grates. If you put them together with cooking items, make sure that these don’t have food residue; this could ruin the fabrics.

In addition to certain clothing, there are other items that you can wash in the dishwasher, too. For instance, these can be small decorations, toys or plastic dolls. Also, some tools, such as gardening tools that are water-resistant can be effectively washed in this appliance. But always make sure that they properly stick to the grill grates or place them in the cutlery container.

There are more difficult-to-clean household items that are suitable for the dishwasher as well, such as fan blades, plugs, and lamps covers, the covers of small air conditioners or fans, ventilation duct covers, as well as the plastic toilet covers. Just do not wash them with dishes!


What not to put in a dishwasher

Some utensils are commonly washed in the dishwasher, but this might reduce their life span without you realizing. For example, cutlery and utensils with wooden handles absorb moisture that, in the long run, will end up damaging them. The same applies to chopping boards, ornaments, plates, and other wooden elements.

Other items that should not go in the dishwasher are metal objects that are not stainless; these include handmade and multipurpose knives, metal kitchen utensils (pans, pots, and others), surgical steel, aluminum or other oxidizable items.

Objects that are vulnerable to heat should not go in the dishwasher either. For instance, don’t place plastic bristle brushes (be they for teeth, hair or cleaning) in a dishwasher as they could deteriorate. You can wash plastic elements with moving parts or parts that could detach only if you put them inside a laundry bag for the washing machine. Never put these in a dishwasher without a protective bag since the parts could come off and ruin your dishwasher.

Similarly, there are also objects that you can wash in a dishwasher, but it would be better if you do it by hand. These include the most delicate items, which could break with rubbing and sudden movement, or by colliding with each other. The most classic example is delicate glass cups, and small ornaments or delicate figurines.


If you’re experiencing some trouble with your dishwasher, don’t hesitate to give your local Levittown handyman and ifixit a call. We’ll make sure that your appliance is up and running quickly and efficiently.

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