9 Things You Should Never Put In The Dishwasher

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You want to save time—and let's be honest: Who wants to do dishes when you don't have to?—but tossing certain things in the dishwasher will only cost you more (in money, time and sheer, unbridled rage).

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Though many enameled pans are technically dishwasher safe, , and some people have complained about it chipping in the wash.

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2 Soft Plastics
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The general rule: If you can't put hot liquids in it, don't put it in the dishwasher. Any soft plastics—particularly butter or yogurt tubs, which you may want to wash and reuse once they're empty—should be hand-washed. (Also, just because the bottle is dishwasher safe doesn't mean the lid necessarily is.)

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Things You Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher

The machine's high-temperature water can .

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For the love of , don't do it. These , and putting them through the wash wears it away.

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5 Pet Feeders
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Fishing your hand into the bowl and scrubbing off old cat food may seem like enough of a hassle to make you tempt fate and just toss it in the dishwasher, but as one Flickr user learned, the time saved isn't worth it.

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Enamel Colander
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Enameled colanders can chip, just like enameled cast-iron pans, but there's a secondary reason: , causing the rack to rust.

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Most insulated mugs have a space between the inner and outer layers, and . This can lead to that musky, slightly moldy smell that never quite goes away, and makes your coffee taste like broken dreams.

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The heat and water . What's even worse: The juices from raw meat can get caught in the cracks, .

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9 Anything Gold-Plated or Delicate
Things You Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher
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The heat and detergent can wear away the gold finish, not to mention the fact that delicate dishes can rattle around and shatter during the wash cycle.

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