How to Clean Silverware in a Dishwasher

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Dishwashers have made the process of cleaning up after dinner so much less of an effort. If the idea of hand washing every piece of silverware after a large family dinner is a bit overwhelming, you’ll be relieved to realize that washing your silverware in the dishwasher can save you ample time. This simple process can effectively give you your evening back by leaving the cleaning to modern technology.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Rinse off each piece of silverware to remove loose food particles by holding it under running water.

  • Place each piece of silverware into the allotted silverware basket in your dishwasher with the handle facing down.

  • Ensure that there are no stainless steel pieces in the same basket as your silverware and that no stainless steel is touching the silverware. There is a chemical reaction between the two metals that can damage your silverware.

  • Add a mild dishwasher detergent to the dishwasher per the manufacturer's instructions before turning it on.

  • Remove the silverware after the rinse cycle has finished and lay the pieces on a clean, dry towel.

  • Hand dry each piece of silverware with a soft, clean, dry towel before putting it away.

Tips & Warnings

  • Forks, knives and spoons can all be mixed in the same basket as long as none of them are made of stainless steel.

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