After a lot of busy work in the kitchen, chopping up and cooking food, you just want to enjoy the fine meal you’ve prepared and get the kitchen cleaned as quickly as possible. It’s tempting to throw your nice knives in the dishwasher along with all the other cookware, but you should resist the urge to hasten the cleanup process.
While some nice knives claim to be dishwasher safe (and most don’t), it’s really not recommended for a number of reasons.
- Knives in the dishwasher can bang against other items, potentially chipping the knives, your glasses, or the dishwasher racks.
- Dishwashers can hasten the dulling process.
- Prolonged exposure to water can cause the blades to rust and stain. If the handles are wood, they can warp and crack.
- You can accidentally cut your hand as you unload the racks.
In general, it’s always best to clean and dry your nice knives by hand after each use. After paying a lot for fine-quality knives, you want to preserve them for as long as possible. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to find out whether you need a specific cleanser. Some knives also need regular polishing to retain their luster.
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