Wash and Learn

Expert Advice—and Some Surprising Tips—for Your Dishwasher

Everyone needs help from time to time, especially when it comes to keeping a home tidy. Locally owned and operated, The Maids specializes in house cleaning services throughout Greater Cincinnati—and no job is too big or small. 

A whopping 96 percent of customers are referrals, says Jessica Samson, The Maids branding director. “That means a lot of our existing customers speak so highly of the work we do,” she proudly shares.

Not only does The Maids handle typical cleaning projects, they also specialize in tips and tricks that make the most of cleaning appliances—like your trusty dishwasher.

“Dishwashers are great at keeping plates clean and kitchens tidy,” Jessica says. “But there’s a lot more that you can get out of them if you know what can and can’t be put onto its shelves.” Some dos and don’ts you may not know …

Things You Should NOT Put in the Dishwasher

  1. Nonstick pans.
  2. Wooden cutting boards and wooden utensils. “High temperatures and detergents in your dishwasher will strip the natural oils from wooden utensils, dishes and cutting boards,” Jessica says. “Wooden items will crack and even fall apart.”
  3. High-quality knives. “Kitchen knives and other sharp-edged tools should never be washed in your dishwasher. Dishwasher detergent can dull the cutting edge, leading to the need for more frequent sharpening—and a shorter life for your cutlery.”
  4. Cast iron skillets or pots. “The proper use and care for cast iron cookware is to season it with oil each time you wash it—the oil seeps into the iron, creating a protective coating against corrosion and an ideal cooking surface. But when you wash cast iron in the dishwasher, the detergent and hot water strip away that oil.”

Things You CAN (But Probably Don’t) Put in the Dishwasher

  1. Toothbrushes.
  2. Small garbage cans and gardening tools.
  3. Baby stuff. Small washable toys, pacifiers and teethers are the right size for cleaning and sanitizing in the dishwasher, Jessica says. “Use the top rack, take off the drying setting, and run a regular cycle.”
  4. Pet bowls. “Bacteria and mold can grow in dirty water or food bowls,” she shares, “and can make your pet sick. Wash on the top rack, and use a sanitizing cycle.”

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