What Items Are Dishwasher Safe?

At EPS Hawaii, we recognize the convenience a dishwasher brings to your kitchen routine. However, not all items are suitable for the dishwasher, and discerning what’s safe to load can prevent damage and extend the life of your kitchenware. In this guide, we’ll outline what items are dishwasher-safe, ensuring your dishwashing experience remains hassle-free.

What Items Are Dishwasher Safe

The Dishwasher-Safe Checklist

  • Glassware: Most glassware, such as drinking glasses, glass bowls, and glass storage containers, can safely be placed in the dishwasher. However, delicate or hand-painted glass may require handwashing to preserve their appearance.
  • Plates and Bowls: Porcelain, stoneware, and ceramic plates and bowls are generally dishwasher-safe. Check for any manufacturer recommendations, as some intricate designs might necessitate handwashing.
  • Flatware and Cutlery: Stainless steel flatware and cutlery are safe for the dishwasher. To prevent water spots and maintain shine, ensure items don’t touch during the wash cycle.
  • Cooking Utensils: Most heat-resistant cooking utensils, such as spatulas and ladles, can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher. Wooden utensils, however, are best washed by hand to avoid warping.
  • Plastic Items: While some plastic items are dishwasher-safe, it’s essential to confirm before loading. Look for the dishwasher-safe label on the item or its packaging. Use the top rack for plastic to avoid heat exposure that may cause warping.
  • Stainless Steel Pots and Pans: Many stainless steel pots and pans are designed to withstand dishwasher cycles. However, heavily soiled cookware may benefit from pre-rinsing to avoid food residue buildup.
  • Bakeware: Non-stick and stainless steel bakeware can typically be placed in the dishwasher. Grease or baked-on residue might require light scrubbing before loading.
  • Silicone: Silicone kitchen tools and bakeware are safe for the dishwasher. Ensure they are placed on the top rack to prevent contact with heating elements.
  • Ceramic and Glass Bakeware: Pyrex and ceramic baking dishes are generally dishwasher-safe, but sudden temperature changes can cause breakage. Allow them to cool before placing them in the dishwasher.
  • Thermos and Insulated Containers: Insulated containers and thermoses may have components that aren’t dishwasher-friendly. Check manufacturer instructions for proper care.

Items to Keep Out of the Dishwasher

Wooden ItemsWooden cutting boards, utensils, and delicate wooden items should be handwashed to prevent warping and cracking.
Cast IronCast iron pans require special care to maintain their seasoning. Avoid the dishwasher to prevent rust and deterioration.
Aluminum CookwareHigh heat and harsh detergents in the dishwasher can damage the surface of aluminum cookware.
Delicate ChinaFine china, intricate ceramics, and hand-painted items are better suited for gentle handwashing.
Non-stick CookwareThe dishwasher’s heat and detergents can diminish the non-stick coating on pans and pots.

EPS Hawaii’s Dishwasher-Safe Expertise

As your reliable plumbing professionals, EPS Hawaii encourages you to follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient dishwasher experience. For any plumbing-related queries or concerns, including water-efficient appliances or kitchen plumbing maintenance, contact EPS Hawaii by calling (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island for service on Hawaii Island. EPS Hawaii is here to provide expert advice and support to keep your kitchen appliances in working order.


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