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What goes in the dishwasher?

jenhen2 | Jun 26, 2009 06:35 PM

I'm about to move into a new apartment with a newly renovated kitchen - and it includes a dishwasher! I've never had a dishwasher before (insane, I know), and I have NO idea what you can put in them. I know the basics to hand-wash: knives, cast iron, etc. But please tell me if you can put the following in the dishwasher:

Le Creuset (enameled cast iron and bakeware)
All-Clad MC2 (got a bunch of pots for my wedding 2 years ago and just opening them now!)
Melamine mixing bowls (hard plastic that I know can't go in the microwave)
Non-stick pans
Copper pans (assuming I don't care about maintaining the shiny finish?)

Also, I read that you can put things in that are really actually dirty. When I was a kid, my mom made us rinse everything until it was pretty much clean before putting them in the dishwasher, but not I hear they actually do clean. Is this true? Btw, it's a GE Profile dishwasher.

Thanks!

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