How To Use A Dishwasher
Q: But hard anodized aluminum, most (realy all, despite what some manufacturers claim) non-sticks, all cast iron (even coated) and many coated surface pans, as well as any stainless for which the appearance is important, should not be put in the dishwasher. Not only can the ionized water (result of how hater is heated in most dishwashers) effect and/or negate the finishing processes of manufacturing cookware, but the caustic detergent that can etch glass and crystal can also do major chemical damage to many of these pots and pans.
A: I bet you use your clothes dryer instead of hanging your laundry to dry... I bet you sometimes use your clothes dryer to dry just a couple items, everyone does. The clothes dryer is probably the single appliance that folks MISuse that wastes the most energy.... the vacuum cleaner is a close runner up. Perhaps you don't mind waking up in the morning to a dishwasher filled with wet dishes, but I don't want to start wiping dishes first thing in the morning before being able to put them away and I don't want to wait half the day with the dishwasher door open for the dishes to air dry and having to stack up dirty dishes because those in the machine are still wet, really negates the utility of owning a dishwasher. There's a big difference between energy consumed with "heated dry" or "sanitize"... "heated dry" uses a very small portion of the total energy used to run a dishwasher, less than using a hair dryer for 5 minutes... "sanitize" is what's a total waste of resources. The "heated dry" cycle is half the reason to own a dishwasher. There are many ways that people truly waste electric, and that they are oblivious to, the dishwasher "heated dry" cycle is not one of them... anyone who cooks with an electric stove is absolutely wasting fully 25% of their yearly electric bill... cooking with gas costs 4-6 times less. Not using the "heated dry" function is a false economy. Now if only someone can invent a dishwasher that washes, dries, and put dishes away... some commercial establishments have such a system... removable racks that are stored on carts.