Clean knives in the dishwasher as seldom as possible

Even though most knives are described by their manufacturers as dishwasher safe, avoiding them as often as possible is recommended. What does not need to be handled too strictly for utilitarian cutlery is important for many knives. A dishwasher will always attack at least the sharpness of the blade.

Spreading and cutlery knives

Cutlery knives that are only used for spreading spreads only need a minimum sharpness blade. They can be cleaned in the dishwasher without any problems, provided they are stainless and have been marked as suitable by the manufacturer. Adequate rinse salt and rinse aid will ensure sparkling results. Wooden handles, however, can swell, often causing individual rivets to fall out.

Silver cutlery should never end up in a dishwasher. Cleaning silver cutlery must always be done by hand to protect the precious metal. Silver develops stains already because of the heat and additionally because of the dishwashing detergents, which are difficult or impossible to remove.

Polish away residual moisture when warm

When a rinsing cycle is finished, the opener of the machine flap is usually met by a warm humid air stream. To protect the rinsed knives from fogging, staining and possibly even the formation of flash rust, the knives should be removed immediately. The knives, still warm from rinsing, can be ideally polished with a soft cotton cloth or kitchen towel.

Dishwashers are natural enemies of sharp blades

All cutting tools in the kitchen and household that require basic sharpness should be cleaned exclusively by hand. Just as unthinkable as cleaning tailor’s and poultry shears or razors, the following types of knives should be kept out of the dishwasher:

  • Small work knives
  • Steak knives (also in cutlery)
  • Meat knives
  • Bread knives
  • Serving knives
  • Chopping knives

Aside from the dishwashing effect itself, the conventional storage location for dishware in the dishwasher is also unsuitable. Even worse than in loose cutlery box compartments, knives in cutlery baskets bang against each other. It is almost paradoxical to say that knives cleaned in the dishwasher are then carefully deposited in a knife block.

If you always clean your knives manually, you will also spare the cutlery basket of your dishwasher. The wire constructions, which are usually covered with plastic, are injured and at worst damaged by repeated contact with knife blades.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green is a seasoned home chef and culinary expert who has a passion for all things kitchen-related. With her extensive knowledge of the latest kitchen products and appliances, Elizabeth provides insightful reviews and recommendations to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Whether you're looking for a new refrigerator, blender, or cookware set, Elizabeth is your guide to finding the best kitchen products available in the UK.

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