We all love having a Bosch dishwasher or a portable dishwasher in our kitchens to help us with cleaning our kitchen cookware sets. On holidays and when hosting parties, Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners, the kitchen becomes the busiest part of your household.
The kitchen becomes so messy that it drives you crazy to think of even calling kitchen cleaning services to help you in cleaning up the mess. But all that you need is few kitchen cleaning supplies and few other appliances which can facilitate and speed up the cleaning process.
Accordingly, your dishwasher becomes a life savior sometimes. However, this does not mean that you can toss in any items.
Dishwashers are designed to clean a wide range of kitchenware sets, but certain items can be completely spoiled if they are not cleaned manually. Next time you initiate a cleaning cycle in your dishwasher, make sure the following items are not in.
#1 – Kitchen knives
When you walk into a kitchen utensils store, your eyes can be easily caught by the shining kitchen utensils that are carefully arranged and placed on the shelves.
On sale seasons, you might get good kitchen knives at low prices, and to preserve these precious pieces, you should clean them by hand instead of putting them in your Bosch dishwasher.
Kitchen knives’ blades and handles can be easily spoiled if they are cleaned in the dishwasher because of the dishwasher cleaner or detergent you use. In fact, your knives can become dull and, therefore, dangerous to use. Use hot, soapy water to clean your kitchen knives, keep their handles tight and blades sharp.
#2 – Some plastic items
Putting plastic in the dishwasher to be cleaned up is not always a good idea. When having a party at your place, you might prefer to use disposable plastic plates and cups to serve foods and drinks, but what if you don’t have any of these?
Of course, you will use the regular kind of plastic plates. Yet, not all similar items can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Certain types of plastic cannot put up with the heat; this is why the manufacturers add indications regarding this on the items’ labels.
For safer and wiser use, don’t put any plastic items in the dishwasher unless you are sure they will not be affected by the heat that comes up from the bottom of the dishwasher. The appearance of even dishwasher-safe plastic items gets dull over time.
#3 – Nonstick cookware
When you kick off your kitchen cleaning campaign, you get this impression that it will never end, but it certainly will if you know where to start and what cleaning products you should use. Set timing to clean, besides your kitchen appliances will also help.
Speaking of kitchen appliances, having a dishwasher is very handy. But it won’t help much in cleaning your nonstick cookware set.
Such cookware sets are manufactured with a unique material named Teflon thanks to which cooking without or with little butter or oil is possible.
The heat to which the nonstick cookware set can be subject in the dishwasher can ruin the Teflon layer although some sets are said to be dishwasher-safe. The coating is what makes your cookware set non-stick. Cleaning such sets manually is better.
#4 – Fine china and crystal
We don’t know about you, but many people have cabinets reserved only for fancy crystal glass dinner plates and fine china dishes.
They put their hearts and minds into cleaning them by hand. If you have any fine china sets or crystal plates, don’t even think about cleaning them in the dishwasher.
The latter can chip your expensive fine china set’s paints because of the hot water used in the cleaning cycle of your dishwasher. Normally, fine china and crystal sets should be cleaned with mild dish soap, vinegar, and warm water. The use of a lint-free cloth is recommended.
#5 – Copper and aluminum cookware
1919 Cookware, American Kitchen Cookware, Calphalon Cookware, and Brooklyn Copper Cookware occupied the top ranks of the best cookware brands in the US. After spending a fortune on the best copper or aluminum cookware, you got to take good care of them.
Sometimes, when you are fed up with the cleaning that you have to perform every morning, you think of cleaning your copper cookware set in the dishwasher. Well, the bad news is that you cannot.
Your copper cookware, in particular, becomes discolored and dull. The same could be said about aluminum cookware sets that can oxidize and have their colors faded over time due to the exposure to heat. Even soaking such items in soapy water for a long time can spoil the aluminum pans and pots’ coating layer.
#6 – Cutting boards and wooden kitchenware
Wooden spoons, cutting boards, and other wooden kitchenware items should not be cleaned in a dishwasher. If you keep putting such items in your dishwasher, adding a detergent to the cleaning cycle, the wooden surfaces will be scratched.
In addition to the effects of the washing cycle, the drying cycle can contribute to the breaking, cracking, and warping of the wooden items.
For an effective kitchen deep cleaning, make sure you clean every item immediately after use. This includes the by-hand cleaning of your wooden kitchenware. To disinfect such items, use hot water and vinegar. The cuttings boards should be washed and dried by hand.
#7 – Cast iron items
Cast iron cooking and frying sets should be paid exceptional attention by cleaning them by hand. Exposing such items to dishwasher detergents constantly can break down the built-in layer that is supposed to protect your cast iron cookware.
This built-in layer is made of baked fat or oil into the cookware to serve as a preventing factor from food-sticking and rust.
If you have ever watched cooking shows like Master Chef, you would notice that professional chefs don’t wash the iron cast items they use at all. They merely wipe them down immediately after use. Still, you can clean your own cast iron set with the use of a mild abrasive like salt.
In case you got any ideas or ways of cleaning cookware sets effectively, then inspire us in a comment below!