This is the scene on our kitchen counter every night after dinner. You can see our dishwasher in the corner, full of dishes and silverware. We run it infrequently, because we hand wash a lot of stuff — pots, mixing bowls, fancy glasses, anything plastic...
We always hand wash our knives, and we thought it was because the blades can dull more quickly in the dishwasher. But we've also read that keeping knives out of the dishwasher is simply because the blades can damage cutlery baskets or cut you as you unload.
Either way, we tend to think of knives like our All-Clad pans: If it's an expensive item that we cherish (and rely on constantly), we like to hand wash. Despite the fact that we have a brand-new dishwasher with a delicate setting, we just don't know what goes on once that door is closed. Also, because we don't run the dishwasher every day, we can't wait for certain things we use daily to get clean.
We hand wash our plastic take-out containers simply because the water beads up and never quite dries when they go in the dishwasher. We end up towel drying them anyway.
So, your turn. Are we in the norm here with our hand-washed items? For those of you with dishwashers, what do you never put in them?
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(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)