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Are you doing your dishes correctly?

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We all do our dishes the way we think best. As long as they’re clean, it’s all that matters, right? In this article, we discuss the top four items you should always hand-wash, and why.

If you own a dishwasher, chances are you typically pop your dishes in there rather than washing them by hand. Dishwashers are thorough, give great shine and are the handiest kitchen savers day after day. However, for special dinnerware such as great grandma’s wedding china and even handy kitchen utensils, it’s always best to wash by hand.

The top four items to always wash by hand

These days, it feels as if almost everything is dishwasher safe. But, for certain utensils, hand-washing is always the way to go to ensure durability. Let’s take a closer look at the top four items you should never place in the dishwasher – and why:

1. Good knives
There’s no denying that kitchen knives are the most used tools in the kitchen. If you’ve invested in quality knives, help them last longer by always hand-washing them and then drying them with a tea towel straight away. This will help keep them sharper for longer. Be sure to do this if you’re the lucky owner of the iCook 5-Piece Knife Set!

2. Wooden utensils
Placing your favourite wooden cooking spoons, salad mixers or even your beloved wooden cutting boards in the dishwasher can cause them to warp, split or lose their finish. Avoid this by washing them by hand with a little bit of water and drying them immediately with a tea towel.

3. Pots and pans made from aluminium, copper, brass or bronze
If you place these special metal items in the dishwasher, you risk altering their gorgeous colour. Always hand-wash them with cold to warm water to maintain their uniqueness.

4. Gold or metallic plated dishware
While most porcelain is dishwasher safe, antique and special china with gold or metallic finishes can be very delicate. Hand-wash it gently to ensure the precious craftsmanship remains intact – especially if the pieces are of sentimental value!

Hand-washing made easy

Fortunately, with Dish Drops™ Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid, you can confidently wash all your dishes by hand and know they will always be left sparkling clean, without any residue. With just one drop, the fresh-citrus-fragranced, concentrated dish liquid can cut through grease and dried-on food, while remaining gentle on your hands and the environment. Here’s what you can expect from this fabulous kitchen hero:

  1. contains no phosphates, harsh acids/alkalis or chlorine bleach – in fact, 75% of the active ingredients are made from natural sources

  2. works in cold water to help conserve energy

  3. can be used on delicate china, glassware, cooking pots and pans, cutlery, and even crystal and fine silverware

  4. can be used to pre-soak heavily greased or baked-on dishes

  5. the pH stability helps to control odours from kitchen sponges, cloths and drains

  6. as it is so concentrated, it achieves great cleaning power with less product

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