How to Be Dishwasher Safe

Dishwasher SafeYou’ve probably seen the words “dishwasher safe” on a variety of products you’d use in the kitchen and dining room, including bowls, glasses and plates. Did you know that companies all have their own standards for determining what’s truly dishwasher safe? Basically, the term means that the item has been treated in such a way that it can withstand prolonged high temperatures and exposure to strong detergents.

With glass, it’s typically “annealed” and/or “tempered.” This involves being cooled slowly while being formed, in order to even out any stresses, and/or using a thermal/chemical process to make the glass stronger than it actually is.  For ceramics, it’s not unusual for a protective glaze to be added on the surface in order to boost the strength and durability of the item. And as for plastics? With those, you’ve got to be careful because some are made from a type of plastic that can handle the dishwasher processes, while others will become brittle, crack, and/or melt. The kind of plastic an item is made from determines whether or not it’s ultimately dishwasher safe.

Ideally, items that are dishwasher safe will say so in printed words on the actual items.

Are you wondering what’s not dishwasher safe?

You don’t want to put really dirty dishes in there– anything that liquefies and can go down the drain is okay, but stuff like fat and grease? That needs to be removed before you put the item in the dishwasher because otherwise it could end up clogging up the drain line.

Anytime an item has a sticky label on it, you shouldn’t put it in your dishwasher. Like grease, paper/labels can come off items and end up clogging the drain line.

Did you glue back together an item? Hand wash it, because otherwise the glue might loosen up when heated to extreme temps in the dishwasher and that’s not good.

If you’re having draining or plumbing issues with your dishwasher, contact the experts at Brutinel Plumbing today.