Silver cutlery in the dishwasher

For almost all household appliances, there are certain rules on what may and may not be used with it. This also applies to the dishwasher. A common question is whether silver cutlery in the dishwasher may or may not be cleaned. Here are a few tips to be on the safe side.

Not every object is allowed in the dishwasher

Dishwashers are a great invention. The dirty dishes can be collected in it and then cleaned every few days. But not every material is actually dishwasher safe. There are many products that are not or only partially allowed in the dishwasher:

  • Wood (wooden boards, wooden spoon, etc.)
  • Plastic (switching, boxes, etc.)
  • Silver (silver cutlery, silver vessels, etc.)

Silver and its merits

Silver is highly valued in the form of silver cutlery. It's not just decorative and elegant. It has numerous features that make it the perfect everyday cutlery:

  • poor thermal conductivity (cold stays cold, hot hot)
  • antibacterial effect

Disadvantages of silver

However, silver as a precious metal also reacts to other substances. Silver sulphate forms on contact with sulfur. Sulfur is found mainly in egg yolk, but also in fish, mustard and other foods. The supposed dishwasher damage is often due to these foods.

Silver discolorations are often pushed onto the dishwasher for no reason

As mentioned earlier, most collect the dishes in the dishwasher until they are full. During this time, sulfur-containing foods can react to the silverware. However, since the silver was in order before it was put into the dishwasher and after that it showed these damages, many people make a direct connection between dishwasher and silver.

Which silver is allowed in the dishwasher

You can actually clean most of the silver in the dishwasher. However, you still have to consider the manufacturing processes of silver cutlery or silverware. Silver is relatively soft, which is why it is usually alloyed with copper. Then there are a total of four gradations, according to which the silver content is determined:

  • Sterling Silver (Sterling)
  • 800 silver (real silver)
  • 150s silver (solid silver)
  • 90's silver (hard silver plating)

In order to determine the fine silver content of your silver cutlery, you must look for the punching on it. These silver hallmarks give information about the fine silver content.

Copper in silver tends to fog up

Sterling silver has a share of about 200 parts of copper to 800 parts of fine silver. The copper tends to fog in the dishwasher. Then a golden to brown discoloration sets in. 150s or 90s silver looks like retrospective silver plating and can be left intact in the dishwasher.

Some silver objects are additionally provided with clear coat

However, various articles, particularly decorative items such as sugar cans and the like, are often additionally varnished with clear coat to protect the silver. This clearcoat would be destroyed in the case of dishwasher cleaning. In addition, because of the possible chemical reactions, you should only place silver cutlery in the dishwasher in such a way that it has no contact with stainless steel cutlery, ie it is separated from it.

Most likely you avoid silver spots...

So what silver you can put into the dishwasher depends heavily on the manufacturing process. But even old, worn silver cutlery should not be in the dishwasher. The simplest way is therefore to clean silverware immediately after use by hand.

... by the basic cleaning by hand

This is gentle and sulphurous compounds are also removed immediately. Not using your beautiful silverware, on the other hand, is a rather bad option, as it "gets annoyed" with nothing to do with it.

Tips & Tricks

You will find in the house journal many more guides and articles around the dishwasher. For example, to the water consumption of a dishwasher or what it has with the dishwasher salt on it.

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