Silver in the Dishwasher? Of course!
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “Can I put my sterling in the dishwasher?” OF COURSE YOU CAN!
Sterling silver flatware may certainly go in your dishwasher. We do recommend a few modifications to your typical washing procedures to make sure your silver stays as bright as the day you bought it:
- Rinse your silver under the faucet before you put it in the flatware basket. This removes remnant food particles (particularly damaging substances like vinegar, lemon, or salt!) from your pieces to prevent any marring prior to the wash cycle.
- Keep your silver flatware separate from any stainless pieces as they can scratch your silver.
- Use a SMALL AMOUNT of detergent–and one with no lemon or citrus additives. Pre-measured tablets tend to have too much. A tablespoon (not even filling the cup designated) is plenty to clean your silver and dishes, while not causing them to yellow.
- You may leave your silver in the dishwasher to dry with its drying cycle. Opinions differ on this, but it is safe to do so.
- KNIVES: If your knives are old–pre-World War II– wash them by hand. Knives are formed from two pieces, the silver hollow handle and a blade. The heat from the dishwasher can melt the resin used in older knives to seal the two pieces, causing your knives to break apart.
If your silver is turning yellow… you could be using too much detergent. The bleach in the detergent may cause the discoloration. Polish your silver to remove the yellow coloring and use less detergent next time!
So use your silver everyday! And let your dishwasher do the work for you.