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emilycat
12-01-2000, 06:35 PM
Just curious, but do you stick your Tupperware and Rubbermaid (or other durable, plastic, ultra-handy products) in the dishwasher, or do you do them by hand? I've always been afraid to stick mine in the dishwasher, (and my mom told me not to) but I just wondered what you all do...I could save myself a lot of handwashing. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/wink.gif

peg levy
12-01-2000, 06:42 PM
I put the bowls on the top rack. I always hand wash the lids. I was at a party once where they recommended taking sweet corn and pouring boiling water on it. You then put the lid on the bowl and took the corn on a picnic. The corn was to be cooked by the time your got there. (Don't ask me how far away the picnic could be!) Has anyone ever tried this? I didn't. But I figure if tupperware can take boiling water, it should be able to withstand my dishwasher, although I have always wimped out about using the bottom rack. I have learned a new tip that I like. When filling your tupperware with tomato based spicy food (like chili or spaghetti sauce) spray it with cooking spray first. The container won't retain the smell of the food or stain quite as much.

mommywannabe
12-01-2000, 10:23 PM
I usually have pretty good luck with the heavier plastics on the top rack. Even the thinner "throw away" plastic stuff (from Ziploc & Glad?), which I have yet to throw away http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif, seems to do fine on the top rack. I do draw the line at my flexible plastic cutting sheets...they tend to dry with a bend in them and it's hard to get them flat when they cool off.

kwormann
12-01-2000, 10:44 PM
I also wash them on the top rack (even the gladwear)

I never have had a problem

Kim http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

Brenda
12-02-2000, 02:43 AM
USE THE DISH WASHER!!! SAVE THE HAND WASHING FOR YOUR CRYSTAL!!

RobinC
12-02-2000, 06:42 AM
I too toss my tupperware, rubbermaid, and other plastics in the dishwasher. I got some of the tupperware microwave dishes a few years ago. I figured if they could go in the microwave, they could go in the dishwasher too. Then my other plastics crept into the dishwasher. One less thing to wash by hand!

emilycat
12-02-2000, 06:53 AM
Yea! This is so great...thanks so much for all of your input. I didn't even have one dissenting vote! Looks like I won't be washing dishes as often....now I just have to pass this advice on to my mom...

shoyski
12-02-2000, 07:05 AM
Wow, am I the daredevil. I use both the top rack AND the bottom rack and have never had a problem.

Zinnia
12-02-2000, 08:42 AM
You guys are lucky! I have to wash mine by hand, because I don't have dishwasher. Actually, I used to have 3 of 'em http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/wink.gif-but 2 of 'em are gone alot, and the other one has been too busy to wash the dishes..
When I did have the luxury of a "real" one though, I found the top shelf of the dishwasher was ok for most. There were some I never put in it, I guess it just depends.
http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif Zinnia

Grace
12-02-2000, 10:33 AM
I must add here that I've hand washed them for the last 20 years or so, but starting in January, I will be putting them in my FIRST DISHWASHER!!!

I'm sure I will become like Brenda, and put EVERYTHING (even the dog??!!!!) in the dishwasher! Ok, maybe I'll wash the crystal by hand.....but if I never hand wash dishes again it'll be ok with me!!

RobinC
12-02-2000, 10:58 AM
I am like Brenda, everything goes in the dishwasher. Well, I do handwash my non-stick Calphalon and Analon pans, but that's it. We just got the new Kitchenaid dishwasher. It is awesome! So quiet and cleans so well. I cram the plastic stuff wherever it will fit. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/biggrin.gif

Beth
12-02-2000, 01:52 PM
I wish I could remember the year, but (according to a Tupperware lady at a party I went to years ago) all Tupperware made after some time in the 70's or early 80's is supposed to be safe in both upper and lower dishwasher racks. I wash all of mine in both with no problem. I wash Rubbermaid and the disposable containers in the top rack.

Laura B
12-02-2000, 02:35 PM
I am a GladWare girl! My husband picks on me because I have SO much. I put it in the dishwasher with no real problems. The only thing about the Gladware and Ziplock containers is to be sure to put the lids on the top shelf. I try to "anchor" them between glasses. Otherwise, they have a tendency to fall down to the bottom of the dishwasher and melt. And it smells really bad snd you're out one lid.

andi
12-02-2000, 11:07 PM
Everything that can go in the dishwasher does-from tupperware to china. We need a new dishwasher (hope it's not because of my above philosophy http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/eek.gif so appreciate Robin's review. Anyone else out there have a recommendation? Em, you come up with such interesting posts!

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Norma
12-03-2000, 10:26 AM
All of you who use the dishwasher for tupperware, do you have your dry cycle on 'Heat' or 'Air'? I've always been afraid to have the 'Heat' cycle on for plastics. Mine is always on 'Air' dry. No one has mentioned this, so I assume it's on 'Heat'?
Just curious.

mommywannabe
12-03-2000, 01:26 PM
andi - we bought a new Kenmore Elite this year and it is SO quiet, I hardly know it's running! It's got a stainless steel interior and some of the top rack dividers fold down. I would highly recommend this unit.

foszakacs
12-03-2000, 02:44 PM
We bougth a Fisher & Paykel dishdrawer, it's awsome.
It has two drawers, I usually use the top one for regular stuff
and the bottom for the pots. I only cook and clean for two so it's
really great that I can run the top alone and don't have to wait and
smell the dishwasher until it gets full. Uses very little soap and water and you can fill up the drawers very nice once you get used to it.
In so. Cal the Warehouse Discount Center sells it, the thing itself
is from New Zealand
Ph#: 888.936.7872 <A HREF="http://usa.fisherpaykel.com/T=_blank>http://usa.fisherpaykel.com/e="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by andi:
Everything that can go in the dishwasher does-from tupperware to china. We need a new dishwasher (hope it's not because of my above philosophy http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/eek.gif so appreciate Robin's review. Anyone else out there have a recommendation? Em, you come up with such interesting posts!

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andi
12-03-2000, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the D/W suggestions! I think that will be our after Christmas gift to ourselves. I'm so tired of hearing this noisy, clattering, banging thing we have now-plus it doesn't do the best job cleaning stuff http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/mad.gif

emilycat
12-03-2000, 11:03 PM
Success! I'll never handwash my plastic containers again...and Norma, mine was on Heat Dry and everything was fine.