Cleaning Guide: Kitchen Utensils

Full place setting with cutlery

We’ve all done it: finished loading the dishwasher to go straight to the sink, washing up the things we didn’t think we should put in. As your kitchen kit expands, so would the amount of specialised utensils, and these might require an equally specialised clean – which means more of your precious time. We’ve put together this list of what we think are the most common utensils in the kitchen that might cause people to be hesitant about putting them in the dishwasher, with tips on how to ensure that you can put these in with everything else to save you valuable time and effort.

Cheese Grater

If used, give your cheese grater a couple of knocks over a bin to loosen up the bigger bits of cheese that might have stuck to the cutting teeth, and place it on the bottom rack over one of the plate holders. The heat and pressure of the water will get rid of any residue that remains.


As whisks are usually used for eggs, which quickly dries on, it may seem like the only way to get rid of those tricky proteins is to wash it by hand.


Really simple for this one, just lay it on the bottom shelf in a plate rack where the water can get to it completely, this should ensure that any juices, flesh or seeds are all washed clean.

Garlic Press

The important thing to remember with the garlic press is to ensure that water and dishwasher detergent can get to and flow through the tiny holes. The easiest way to do this is to place it in the cutlery rack, but with each arm in a different section. This means that even as the items in the dishwasher get jostled together, the press won’t close and trap in the garlic.

Potato Masher

The awkward shape of these, and the starchy food that is left on them, makes it difficult to know where to place these in the dishwasher. The best solution is to lower the top rack if you can, and place the masher with the flat surface down on the shelf. This allows the water and dishwasher detergent to get where it needs to, but also positions it so it won’t fall or slip through the rack, potentially putting it in contact with moving parts.

Follow these instructions, and for more unique items, experiment and you’ll find there’ll always be a solution. Just make sure you check with the manufacturer’s guidelines before you do, as certain items, such as ice cream scoops, can contain heat sensitive elements. There really is no reason however, that you should have to waste your time loading the dishwasher and washing up afterwards, ever again.