Most glazed pottery is safe to put in the dishwasher , as long as it has been fired to the right temperature and glazed correctly. However, soft ceramics, ceramics with a bright appearance, and delicate pieces should be hand washed to prevent damage. Pottery that is not overly water-absorbent can usually do fine in the dishwasher because it won’t waterlog and weaken. Generally, if you can put food in the ceramic then you can put it in the dishwasher.
Are All Types Of Pottery Safe To Put In The Dishwasher Or Are There Certain Types That Should Be Avoided?
Most pottery can be safely washed in the dishwasher, provided it has a proper glaze and not an underglaze, no vibrant paints, and a viable clay.
However, some pottery may need to be hand-washed due to harsh chemicals in dishwasher soaps, or if it was fired incorrectly or is ornate or made of softer ceramics.
How Can I Ensure That My Pottery Won’t Get Damaged In The Dishwasher?
To ensure that your pottery won’t get damaged in the dishwasher, you should not put unglazed pottery in the dishwasher as it will significantly damage the piece.
Additionally, wood items should not be put in the dishwasher as hot water and heat from the drying cycle can cause them to warp and bend out of shape.
Soft ceramics, ceramics with a bright appearance, and delicate pieces should also be hand washed to prevent damage.
Blades can also damage your dishwasher, so they should not be put in either.
Is There A Certain Temperature Or Setting That I Should Use When Washing Pottery In The Dishwasher?
Most glazed pottery can be safely washed in the dishwasher, as long as it has been fired to the right temperature and glazed correctly.
Earthenware and some stoneware use less refined clays and should not be placed in the dishwasher.
Fine china should also be washed on a light or china setting.
Can Dishwasher Detergent Harm The Glaze Or Finish Of Pottery?
Pottery that has been fired to the right temperature and glazed correctly can be washed in the dishwasher, however harsher detergents may deteriorate and dull the finish.
Lead glazes should not be put in the dishwasher as lead can seep out and affect other dinnerware and drinkware.
Glazed pottery after everyday usage in the dishwasher usually retains its gloss and colors remain vibrant, but some glazes may wear down over time due to the humid, soapy environment of the dishwasher.
Should I Still Hand Wash Certain Pieces Of Pottery, Even If They Are Dishwasher Safe?
It is best to hand wash certain pieces of pottery, even if they are dishwasher safe.
Check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the pottery piece is dishwasher-safe, and avoid using high heat when washing pottery in the dishwasher.
Stoneware or porcelain pottery can be washed in the dishwasher if they have been fired to the right temperature and glazed correctly.