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Fine China in Dishwasher?

I have probably a dumb question. We have some china from when we got married and some china we bought for Christmas time. We have never used any of them. We recently decided to live a little and actually USE these gorgeous place settings. They are lined with 24-carat gold and I want to take good care of them.

I plan on hand-washing them always but every once and a while my husband "tries to help" and he insists everything should go in the dishwasher - even the few things we have that are not dishwasher safe such as our ice-cream scoop.

Should I threaten him not to put the fine china in the dishwasher or is it actually dishwasher safe? They do not have the symbols on them because they are pretty old.

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Thank you very much for your responses. I had planned on hand-washing them anyway but now when my husband INSISTS they can go in the dishwasher I'll just pull this up and show him that NO ONE ON EARTH thinks that's a good idea. Thank you so much.

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Do NOT put them in the dish washer.
The gold can wear off, they can chip or get water stains.
It's a pain to wash them, but if you really want to keep them
for ever, and/or they are sentimental to you, better get out the
PalmOlive and a bunch of towels.

S :)

Tell him that he can either hand wash the fine china or scrub the toilets. I wonder which one my husband would choose ...!?

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You should ALWAYS hand wash fine china. It is such a pain in the butt, which is why we don't use it that often. I actually put mine in the dishwasher once, and the gold band washed off in a couple spots. Hope this helps!

Never put fine china in the dishwasher. The dishwashing detergent along with the force of the water is designed to wash things OFF dishes and pans, so the gold band in the dishes will look dull as it is eventually washed off. I would simply tell my husband that I would take care of the china (and hand-wash it) and he can take care of everything else.

Dear Aga, I would not put the dishes in the dishwasher. Why risk ruining them.

Do NOT put them in the dish washer.
The gold can wear off, they can chip or get water stains.
It's a pain to wash them, but if you really want to keep them
for ever, and/or they are sentimental to you, better get out the
PalmOlive and a bunch of towels.

S :)

Don't take a chance with the dishwasher. Husbands don't care because china is not their thing. You need to take the china out at least every 2 months and hand wash because like crystal the china becomes brittle and will chip easily if it's not handled often. The oils from your hands with light soap does fine to strengthen the china (and crystal).Remember, if you want something done right, do it yourself (hahaha-mom always told me that).

I recently found out that my china is dishwasher safe....even w/ the gold trim. The trick is to not remove them from the dishwasher until they are completely cooled down. If you start touching the gold around the plates before they are cooled off...the gold can start to come off. Most modern day dishwashers have a china setting that is completely safe for china and crystals. I've started using the dishwasher for mine. I have some older china handed down as well and I've put them in the dishwasher to no ill effect. But...it is a sense of security as well. If you really don't like the idea of dishwashing the china....then follow your gut and stick to your guns. You have to do what is comfortable for you. Good Luck!

Tell him that he can either hand wash the fine china or scrub the toilets. I wonder which one my husband would choose ...!?

Hand wash! =) I wouldn't chance it in the dishwasher!

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