From putting the wrong things in the dishwasher to using harsh cleansers on pots and pans, what you’re washing matters.
Avoid soap on your cast iron pan and instead use a stiff scrub brush (like this cute Kitchen Dish Brush with Bamboo Handle from Full Circle Be Good) with plain water. Don’t forget to completely dry your cast iron pan on the stove and season it with a high-heat oil while it’s hot.
(Here's how to make sure your cast iron pan lasts forever, plus a quick video on the right ways to wash them.)
Never, ever put wooden items in the dishwasher. Whether it’s spoons, cutting boards, or handles, the extreme moisture and heat in the dishwasher can cause the wood to swell and crack. Hand wash them instead and avoid soaking them.
Aside from butter knives and other dull knives with a solid handles, keep knives out of the dishwasher. Hand washing them keeps them sharp and avoids damaging their handles and seams.
While it's tempting to throw messy pots and pans in the dishwasher, hand washing is a better option since detergents can remove finishes and the jostling can cause scratches or nicks. Non-stick and copper pans should especially be kept out of the dishwasher.
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