While butter and other table knives are fine to put in the dishwasher, sharp cooking knives should instead be hand-washed. Chef’s knives are often too tall to fit in your dishwasher’s silverware compartment, and they can be dangerous to load and unload on the top rack. In addition, dishwasher detergent is abrasive and can wear down the sharp edge over time. It’s best to wash your cooking knives with gentle soap and water and extreme caution so you don’t get cut.
Containers with Stickers
Repurposing your empty condiment jars is a great idea and can save you some money, but be sure to remove stickers and labels before putting the jars in your dishwasher. If you don’t, the hot water and aggressive spray will peel off the stickers and the pieces can clog your dishwasher drain or leave residue on your other dishes. Check out this simple hack for removing sticker residue.
Never put your expensive crystal glasses, serving platter, punch bowl, etc., in the dishwasher, as the heat and aggressive spray can jostle the items around and potentially crack or chip them. It’s best to gently wash your crystal by hand.