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With Thanksgiving around the corner, let us all give thanks for dishwashers. These modern marvels can handle gravy-smeared plates, coffee mugs and eggnog cups, bowls that once teemed with stuffing, pie-flecked forks and more. No question, dishwashers are a host or hostess’s best friend, and help make cleanup a breeze.
But not everything should go in your dishwasher, as anyone who’ve ever ruefully retrieved a melted takeout container will tell you. Home-appliance maker Whirlpool offers a page of general dishwasher tips, and it’s careful to note that the dishwasher is a fickle friend. Some items, especially plasticware, are fine on the top shelf, but will twist and turn like molten lava if washed on the bottom rack.
So review these tips before you wash, and everything will come clean after the big meal. For those items that just have to be hand-washed, take heart. There are worse things than taking a few minutes to immerse your hands in warm soapy water, device-free for once, and catch up with whoever’s doing the drying.