Dishwashers are convenient for cleaning, but there are certain kitchen items to avoid running through the wash cycle. For instance, several common materials cannot handle the powerful spraying capacity and extreme heat of the dishwasher. Most of these cookware items are made of wood or aluminum. This article will highlight four commonly used kitchen items that do not belong in your dishwasher.

Cast Iron Skillets

Cast iron skillets develop rust when exposed to moisture, ruining one of the most versatile and expensive pieces of equipment in your kitchen. Therefore, you should always hand-wash your cast iron skillets in warm water, and scrub them clean with steel wool. This helps you avoid debris that can react with the skillet and cause rust or other types of build-up. Sending your cast iron skillet through the dishwasher can also reverse any seasoning you’ve done to prep as well.

Wooden Utensils and Cutting Boards

Wood soaks up water and needs air to dry thoroughly. Therefore, the harsh heat of the dishwasher is not a good combination for wooden utensils or cutting boards that you need to clean. The heating and drying cycles in dishwashers cause wooden utensils to change temperatures too quickly and can cause them to warp. The wash cycle can also wear down the finish on utensils, increasing the risk for wood splinters to chip off when cooking.

Aluminum Baking Pans and Bowls

Aluminum baking pans, mixing bowls, and cooking utensils are extremely handy but cannot withstand the conditions of your dishwasher. Dishwashing cycles can wear off the finish of aluminum cookware. Additionally, the heat during the dry cycle can cause the aluminum to react and discolor. As a result, it makes your pans look run down and worn. Lastly, the combination of moisture and heat exposure with little air flow can cause aluminum to warp and also cause streaking from moisture damage.

Cookware or Dishes with Heavy Grease

Just as grease can clog your garbage disposal, it can also clog your dishwasher drain as well. It is important to drain grease from skillets or pans before placing in the dishwasher. The reason for this is that excess grease aggregates on the bottom drain during the wash cycle. If a clog occurs, water will not drain properly. As a result, the lack of oxygen can lead to potent and unpleasant odors very quickly. To avoid expensive repairs and rancid odors, scrape off or drain grease before loading the dishwasher.

Dishwashers are not meant to clean every utensil and dish in your kitchen. Knowing the limits of your dishwasher can help save you time and money by avoiding expensive repairs. However, we know accidents happen, so if you have a malfunctioning dishwasher, Doc’s Appliance Service has trained professionals to tackle the task.  Give Doc’s a call today at 800-726-7130.