Whether you’re trying to impress house guests during a fancy meal or celebrating a cherished holiday gathering, some people like to break out the fine china. Sometimes, it’s a family heirloom passed down from your great aunt Ethel, or sometimes, it’s a high-end wedding gift that you’ve left waiting in the box for the right occasion. You might regret not exchanging the china for something a little more practical like a
The short answer is yes—but be cautious. Most
Now, if you’re like most people, the fine china only makes an appearance when your grandmother comes over for Christmas dinner or when you’re trying to show off to the neighbors. If that’s the case, then running a wash cycle with your china plates only once or twice a year will be fine. The risk occurs if metal-trimmed, hand-painted designs, or glazed patterns are washed too frequently at too high of a temperature. The extreme heat can cause fading and warping of the design. If you are unsure whether your plates are safe for the dishwasher, check with the manufacturer of the chinaware or check your dishwasher settings for clarification.
The Safe Cycle
If you’re considering tossing your china in the dishwasher but you want to ensure you’re using a cycle that won’t damage your dishes, which wash cycle would be considered safe? There are a few different options when it comes to washing
Truth be told, while any of these standard wash settings seem sufficient, there are safer options available. If you don’t feel like hand-washing every plate and platter, use the China Crystal or Delicate Wash Cycle.
The China Crystal cycle also uses less hot water and cleans at a lower temperature to provide a gentler wash action. The water-fill is controlled by an internal timer which takes about 60 seconds to fill. A regular cycle takes 90 seconds to fill, so a higher concentration of water for an extended period can further damage delicate items.
If you don’t find a model with a china or crystal cycle, a delicate or
Additional Wash Cycles
Another acceptable wash cycle comes from the
We’ve uncovered a few different wash cycles that are effective in washing your china, but what about drying? The real damage comes from the high concentration of heat given off by the dry cycle. So, if you want to ensure your delicate dishware is both washed and dried safely, what do you do?
Thanks to Bosch yet again, the answer is
Again, if you’re wondering how to wash china in the dishwasher, do so sparingly. China and delicate crystal items should not be washed (or used for that matter) on a regular basis. If it’s a special occasion and you don’t have time to wash dishes by hand in-between courses, be sure you’re using one of the cleaning cycles highlighted in this article to protect your dishware.
Whether you use your china as dessert plates or a showcase of glassware in a curio cabinet, be sure to take the right precautions to protect your delicate items. If you have questions or you’re interested in exploring dishwashers with any of these delicate wash cycles, give us a call or visit us at