The definitive list of what you can and cannot put in the dishwasher

Experts have weighed in on what objects should and shouldn’t in a dishwasher – and it is bad news for those who love to stack their wine glasses in the appliance.

Cleaning experts at Australian site Choice.com shared a lengthy list of items which should never be placed in the machine. 

The list has some blanket bans, including anything with batteries, wood, crystal or bone as well as anything hand-painted. 

However, there are also items which some will be surprised to learn shouldn’t be placed in the appliance, including non-stick and iron pots and pans. 

Experts have weighed in on what you can and can't put in your dishwasher - and it is bad news if you stack your wine glasses and silverware in the appliance

Experts have weighed in on what you can and can't put in your dishwasher - and it is bad news if you stack your wine glasses and silverware in the appliance

Experts have weighed in on what you can and can’t put in your dishwasher – and it is bad news if you stack your wine glasses and silverware in the appliance

Wine lovers should be careful with their glasses when using the machine, because wine glasses will go foggy in the dishwasher.

Meanwhile crystal glasses should also be washed by hand because the appliance can damage the lead. 

Keep-cups or thermos will also last longer if they are not placed into the dishwasher. 

The lids of pressure cookers shouldn’t go into the machine either because the holes can be broken and blocked by pieces of food.

Shower sponges can go in the dishwasher, according to the experts, and are best-suited to the top rack

Shower sponges can go in the dishwasher, according to the experts, and are best-suited to the top rack

Shower sponges can go in the dishwasher, according to the experts, and are best-suited to the top rack

And many should be wary about placing other household objects in the dishwasher, including the fine residue on ashtrays could potentially the machine. 

Any copper, brass, aluminium or pewter items could warp or break down in the dishwasher.  

Despite there being many items which should never be placed in the appliance, the list of items that can be cleaned in the machine is even more surprising.

Pet owners will be delighted to hear that dog toys and bowls can be cleaned easily inside. 

WHAT CAN AND CAN’T GO INTO THE DISHWASHER?

 CAN

Baby bottles

Bath toys

Breast pump parts

Ceramic baking dishes

Coffee plungers

Dogs toys

Dummies and teething rings

Enamelware

Exhaust fan filters and covers

Rubber and plastic flip flops

Hairbrushes and combs

Kitchen sponges and  scrubbing brushes

Keys (without batteries) 

Lego pieces

Mason jar lids

Oven racks

Pet food bowls

Plastic plates

Shower sponges 

Stainless steel 

 CAN’T

Wood

Aluminium

Ashtrays

Blenders

Bone-handled cutlery

Brass, aluminium or pewter

Cast iron 

Sharp knives

Clothes

Fine china 

Hand painted ceramics

Lead Crystal

Non-stick pans

Pizza stones

Pressure cooker lids

Silver cutlery

Keep cup

Thermos

Most vases

Wine glasses

Wooden items 

DEPENDS 

Things like trivets from gas cook tops and oven trays can be too big or heavy for the dishwasher. 

Other things like toothbrush holders and plastic containers should have a dishwasher safe stamp.

Source: Choice 

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Meanwhile rubber flip-flops, shower sponges and hair brushes can all be cleaned inside.

Parents can also save time by placing plastic plates, pieces of Lego, baby bottles and teething rings on the top shelf to be washed. 

Bath toys, everyday cups and plates, coffee plunges and house keys can all go inside.

Any small plastic items should be put into a mesh bag to stop parts from damaging the machine. 

Meanwhile ‘squeaky’ toys should never go into the dishwasher. 

Thermoses and keep-cups don't last as long if they are put in the dishwasher and it may impact their ability to keep your coffee hot

Thermoses and keep-cups don't last as long if they are put in the dishwasher and it may impact their ability to keep your coffee hot

Thermoses and keep-cups don’t last as long if they are put in the dishwasher and it may impact their ability to keep your coffee hot

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