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How should silverware be put in the dishwasher? Should the silverware be put in handle up or down?
Are there any baskets that could be used to wash a whole load of silverware in our dishwasher for a large church gathering other than just the small basket provided with the dishwasher? The complete load would be silverware.
By Ron O
Can washing dishes in the dishwasher with stainless steel ware cause graying on everything? Also graying inside the dishwasher?
By Roberta D.
Should silveware be washed in a dishwasher?
By Ray from Ontario, Canada
By Louise B. 02/13/2010
I wash all of my cutlery in the dishwasher. I don't pre-rince anything either, unless it is egg that has dried on. Sometimes a few pieces come out with food still stuck on, but that is usually if the dishwasher is exceeding full. I use stainless steel cutlery all the time, and silver plated cutlery occasionally. All go through the dishwasher perfectly fine.
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It's okay to wash your silverplate items in the dishwasher, just not with any of your stainless steel items. It doesn't hurt the silverplate, but it will pit the stainless steel.
By Brenda Cole
Editor's Note: Here's a note about washing silverware from the Silver Superstore website.
"Dishwasher Tips: Before you use the dishwasher, wash your silverware by hand the first four or five times of use. This will prevent the minuscule amount of copper from forming brown spots on your sterling. Rinse all excess food off of the silverware, and do not let sterling and stainless pieces touch. Avoid lemon-scented detergents, those containing chlorides, and use slightly less than recommended. Remove the silverware before before the dry cycle, and hand-dry with the soft cloth."
They also have more silverware cleaning information at: http://www.silversuperstore.com/silver_care.html
When you put your silverware into your dishwasher, try grouping it in each compartment by the type. That way you can take out a section at a time and put all the spoons away together, and the same for forks and knives as well. Makes emptying the dishwasher go a lot faster!
By Robin from Washington, IA