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Silverplate in dishwasher?

Rebecca's picture

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Good Morning - I've been using my first working dishwasher for a few months now & I love it...in the past I've only used dishwashers for storage so this is like having a new toy!

Anyway, my wood-handled flatware cannot go in the thing. So, can I put silver-plated flatware in? TIA, Rebecca

Sandra_'s picture

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Rebecca, I put my silver plate in the dishwasher, but I'm not sure I recommend it. Mine is very old, not really valuable (except sentimentally,) and I notice that the silver is begining to thin on some of the pieces -- notably the spoons. I don't honestly know if this is a result of the dishwasher, but I assume that the caustic detergent that dishwashers use is at least part of the problem. If it's practical, or if the silver plating is particularly nice, I'd recommend that you wash it by hand.

sanderson_'s picture

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Sandra's right and the same goes for anything with gold trim...do it by hand or watch the gold wear off before your very eyes. Just where are those soap people...it's the big deals where the good dishes get trotted out when being able to load things up in the dishwasher would really be appreciated. Does anyone know of a homemade gentle cleaner for use in a machine? I've read that hand dishwashing soap leaves a film. Maybe baking soda and no-tear formula shampoo? Proctor & Gamble...you should glom onto this one.

Jean_'s picture

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Anything but a dishwasher detergent is going to foam up like crazy, spill out all over your kitchen floor and ruin your motor. My DD taught us all that lesson the hard way--trust me on this one. :-(

sanderson_'s picture

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In our previous work kitchen, several years ago, I badgered one of the DS into helping on a catering job. The dishwasher there was the kind where you load one rack at a time, throwing in a scoop of detergent with each load. In my typical too tired mom way of answering, the dear child asked, "Is this the soap for the dishes?" and without looking I said "Yeah". If you think your DD got suds you should have seen what a full cup of Joy did out of that little industrial dynamo. Floor drains are good.

Gretchen_'s picture

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A baby sitter did that to us when our kids were real little--it was the best entertainment they ever had!! I put my silver flatware (and sterling, for that matter) in. It gets dull after a while. My kids have converted me to the liquid detergent. Also, do not put gold rimmed china in and if you have any china that does not have a protective glaze over its design, do not put it in. Plastic stuff on the top shelf.

Rebecca's picture

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And I thought the overflowing machines were only on sitcoms - I'll have to make sure the kids don't use the wrong detergent (although if I tell them WHY, they might be tempted to reach for the Joy)

Thanks for all the advice. My silverplate flatware is not terribly dear so I'm going to go ahead & put it in da machine. Yippee!

Gretchen mentioned switching to liquid detergent...is this more gentle? I have been using dry Cascade Ultra. Any better/gentler (but powerful, mmmm, am I getting off-topic?) products you can recommend? TIA, Rebecca

Valerie_'s picture

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We used the dry/powdery Cascade until we moved into our house. It was recommended that we switch to a liquid detergent to save our septic system. Apparently, the powdered detergents (for laundry too) don't always dissolve and will end up caking the pipes in the septic system. After a while, this will cause all kinds of nastiness. So, we switched to Cascade in liquid form (don't know what kind: just comes in the green bottle with the yellow lid). I haven't noticed whether it's any gentler than the dry stuff, but I hand wash all my fragile-ish stuff. The liquid doesn't seem to clean any better or worse than the dry.

Rebecca's picture

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Thanks, Valerie. I'll switch, too, gotta pamper my septic system, too.

Wolverine's picture

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And don't we all HATE that! I don't mind the well, water is great so far, but I HATE the septic system. Give me public sewers every time. Too much population crowded together in Massachusetts to have septic sytems. All H2O supplies will be contaminated soon :-(

Ah to live where Chiffie is...

Glenys_'s picture

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Silver in the dishwasher is not a problem; Tiffany's even states that BUT it should not be washed with stainless mixed in the load. It creates a magnetic reaction that causes the stainless to pit. All hotel plate silver goes through the dishwasher. What is hard on most dishes etc. going through the dishwasher is the force dry cycle- especially in hard water regions. Turn off that portion of the cycle and glasses will look great for years.

Rebecca's picture

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Thanks, Glenys! I've been putting everything together so now I'll separate the flatware (the knives have stainless blades so they need to be done by hand, I guess). Thanks for the glassware tip, too; since I always use the "no heat dry" option anyway, I can now put my glassware in the machine.