Stoneware that is made and baked at a high temperature with a good quality glaze can go in the dishwasher. You should avoid putting stoneware and earthenware in the dishwasher if it has not been fired at a high temperature and is not glazed. This stoneware can absorb water from the dishwasher through the pores and make it more prone to cracking and breaking.
This article will explore all you need to know about putting stoneware in the dishwasher. Find out how to know if it is dishwasher safe and how to safely wash your stoneware.
How to know if stoneware can go in the dishwasher
There are a few things to look out for when deciding if you put stoneware in the dishwasher. Look out for these key factors to know if you can put stoneware in the dishwasher.
1. Good quality
Always check that your stoneware is a good quality piece. Some stoneware can be made cheaply and is more likely to chip or crack when placed in a dishwasher. Cheap stoneware may not be glazed properly letting in small amounts of water when it is washed.
2. No chips or cracks
Check the stoneware to make sure that there are no visible chips or cracks. Any breakages or even small gaps in the glaze can let water in when it goes it the dishwasher. This will cause the stoneware to absorb water and it can break or crack even further.
3. Clear glazed
Glazed stoneware will be protected from the water by the glaze and can be placed in the dishwasher. The clear glaze will make the stone water proof and protect it from absorbing water. There are some other baking methods that also prevent stoneware from absorbing water.
Pampered Chef use this method on some of their stoneware making them safe to use in the dishwasher. They will have a ribbon pattern on the bottom.
4. Marked as dishwasher safe
The easiest way to know that stoneware is dishwasher safe is to check the bottom of the dish. Many dishes will have this written or stamped in the stone on the bottom to let you know.
These are the top 4 things to check for before putting your stoneware in the dishwasher.
How to safely put stoneware in the dishwasher
Once you have worked out if your stoneware is dishwasher safe these tips will help you to safely wash the dish and keep it in good condition.
1. Wait for the stoneware to cool to room temperature
After cooking a meal in your stoneware or drinking your hot cup of soup it is important to let the stoneware cool. Allow it to cool to room temperature before placing it in your dishwasher so it is safe to carry and so it does not rapidly cool when it is exposed to the cold water rinse. This could risk it breaking.
2. Remove large pieces of food
Remove any large pieces of food from the stoneware before putting it in the dishwasher. If these are left on, they can often bake onto the stoneware in the dishwasher making them even harder to get off. You can rinse the dish to give your dishwasher the best chance of a thorough clean.
3. Place the stoneware on the bottom drawer if it is large
Large stoneware can be placed on its own in the bottom drawer of the dishwasher. Make sure it is not touching any other dishes or plates. There is a chance they could hit together and cause cracks.
Place stoneware lids upright in the plate area. Make sure that it is not too tall and does not touch the top drawer or spraying arm of the dishwasher.
4. Place small stoneware mugs on the top
Place any smaller glazed stoneware mugs on the top shelf of the dishwasher. This area will stay cooler and reduces the risk of them hitting other dishes and causing damage.
5. Set the dishwasher to the eco cycle
The eco cycle is great for washing stoneware as it is quicker and cooler. This will avoid overheating the stoneware and reducing its lifespan. Cooler washes are a great option for keeping the glaze on your stoneware for longer.
How to hand wash stoneware to keep it in good condition
Another option for keeping stoneware in good condition for longer is to handwash it. Here are some easy steps to handwash stone cookware at home.
1. Wait for the stoneware to cool
Always wait for the stoneware to cool before handwashing. This avoids the risk of burning your hands when handling and moving the dish.
3. Remove large pieces of food
Gently remove large pieces of food with a non-stick spoon or spatula. This will make it easier to clean the dish and avoid food floating around in your sink.
2. Fill a sink with warm, soapy water
Fill your sink with warm water and add a small amount of gentle dishwashing liquid. Avoid using highly acidic soaps including those that are made with citrus juices. This can eat away at the glaze and stone over time.
3. Use a gentle sponge or nylon scrubbing brush
Use a gentle non-scratch sponge or a nylon scrubbing brush to gently remove food pieces and clean the stoneware. Take care not to scrub too hard as this can damage the glaze.
4. Rinse with clean, cool water
Rinse the dish after it has been washed with clean, cool water. Make sure all of the food and soap is removed.
5. Dry the dish with a clean tea towel
It is best to dry the dish immediately with a dry, clean tea towel. This will remove the water immediately and reduce the chance of the dish falling and breaking while sitting on your dish tray. Remember that stoneware is heavy and there is a chance it can slip and break when draining on your dish rack.
Putting Stoneware in the Dishwasher | Summary
Good quality stoneware can be placed in the dishwasher if they are glazed. Stoneware will last longer if you handwash it with warm water and gentle dish soap. If you are like me and want to avoid doing dishes as much as possible then choose a glazed dish.
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