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Old 01-03-2008, 17:53
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My cutlery has rust coloured specks on it which are starting become permanent.

Other than not using the dishwasher - how can I prevent it in the first place?

I use the Finish tablets - which seem to be the main dishwasher tablet on the market - so why does my cutlery end up ruined?
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Old 01-03-2008, 17:58
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I'd like to know this too.
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Old 01-03-2008, 18:30
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Sometimes this happens if the cutlery is touching in the basket, try not putting so much in each compartment. I have found this happens on my kitchen knives more than on my cutlery, maybe it has something to do with the quality of metal used?
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Old 01-03-2008, 18:59
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Sometimes this happens if the cutlery is touching in the basket, try not putting so much in each compartment. I have found this happens on my kitchen knives more than on my cutlery, maybe it has something to do with the quality of metal used?
I think you're bang on about it being the quality of metal. I use the cheapest cutlery from Ikea now (3 pronged forks!!) and they have never discoloured.
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:25
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I think you're bang on about it being the quality of metal. I use the cheapest cutlery from Ikea now (3 pronged forks!!) and they have never discoloured.
I'd agree with this.

I have this problem with my cheaper cutlery set and I don't even have a dishwasher!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:27
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I'd agree with this.

I have this problem with my cheaper cutlery set and I don't even have a dishwasher!!

you should never leave your cutlery outside, especially in bushes, that stains it.
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:39
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always read the packaging, and check its dishawsher safe... not all cutlery is!!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:41
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you should never leave your cutlery outside, especially in bushes, that stains it.
Ah, that could be the problem. Although it's generally other people's bushes or letterboxes
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:49
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Some of my stainless steel cutlery has started to rust after going in the dishwasher. What causes the rust and what's the best way to remove it?

Rust marks are usually caused by the humid atmosphere inside a dishwasher, which pits the surface of the stainless steel. A proprietary stainless steel cleaner such as Bar Keepers Friend (£1.95 for 200g, available from supermarkets) will remove the marks, but to prevent rust recurring, remove stainless steel cutlery as soon as the wash cycle has finished and dry it by hand.
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:52
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you should never leave your cutlery outside, especially in bushes, that stains it.
It also causes cats to dance on bin lids...


I'm having the same problem with a cheaper set of cutlery - the expensive set gets used more often and hasn't had any problems but the cheaper ones have started getting brown stains.
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Old 01-03-2008, 19:57
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This is more or less, what I was going to say.
Also check your salt, rinse aid..
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Old 01-03-2008, 21:02
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Also keep different types of metal from touching each other as this can cause an electrolytic reaction that speeds up the discolouration.

We have three different sets of cutlery (blue plastic handled cheapies, good quality metal handled ones and a set of wood handled ones with steak knives) and since keeping them touching metal just with their own kind I have had very little rusty discolouration.
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Old 01-03-2008, 22:56
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I have had a dishwasher for over 20 years now and have never had any problems with rust on cutlery. I never put any in with wooden or plastic handles and we have good quality stainless steel sets, they are quite old, the set we use everyday is over 15 years old and is as good as new.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:26
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By the time you have loaded the cutlery in the dish washer you could have washed them by hand in the sink...end of problem.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:52
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It also causes cats to dance on bin lids...


I'm having the same problem with a cheaper set of cutlery - the expensive set gets used more often and hasn't had any problems but the cheaper ones have started getting brown stains.

It won't tarnish if you play eerie circus music when the dishwasher is on, and store it in a toolbox. Does it jostle about too much while in the dishwasher?
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:23
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By the time you have loaded the cutlery in the dish washer you could have washed them by hand in the sink...end of problem.
And defeated the eco saving of a dishwasher.

In my experience, cheap cutlery suffers most from rust stains.

from http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....html?t=372485


I believe the costings for dishwasher versus hand wash, for the modern economical machines, come out on the side of the dishwasher.
See this link

http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache...nk&cd=13&gl=uk

which is a Government briefing note from DEFRA concluding that :

•Water consumption is much less in a dishwasher – around four times less than by hand.
•No strong conclusion can be made for energy consumption because comparisons depend on precise washing up habits, loading of the dishwasherand how the hot tap water is heated.
•Items cleaned in a dishwasher are cleaner than when washed by hand.

And a previous posting recommends using normal washing powder instead of buying special dishwasher powder.
On the odd occasion when our machine has conked out I have quite enjoyed washing up again - but have a miniscule kitchen and it certainly helps to keep it looking tidy if I can shove things in the machine.
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Old 02-03-2008, 15:12
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Mine is cheapie cutlery - no plastic or wooden handles though.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 02-03-2008, 15:36
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And defeated the eco saving of a dishwasher.

In my experience, cheap cutlery suffers most from rust stains.
Never had rusty cutlery in my life, Sounds like dodgy stainless steel to me. One inch of water in a bowl ( approx a quart) 2 drops of washing up liquid and use a sponge and scotchbright
pad. And if you wash as you go whilst cooking think of the time you save. I'll back elbow grease against a dishwasher any day.
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Old 04-03-2008, 16:37
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I've got this exact same problem with some fairly expensive Ikea cutlery.

Will try the goodhousekeeping tip!

Thanks
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Old 04-03-2008, 17:07
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you could try using the drying aid stuff
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Old 04-03-2008, 17:15
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It won't tarnish if you play eerie circus music when the dishwasher is on, and store it in a toolbox. Does it jostle about too much while in the dishwasher?
I heard that it helps if you ask the neighbour to get the man over the road to come round and empty the dishwasher himself.
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