Surely many times you have thought that removing that tomato color or that fat that seems impossible to make disappear from your plastic containers can only be remedied by putting them in the dishwasher and, to some extent, it is the most effective and simple way to do it. However, very hot water or the drying process can melt or modify these containers, deforming the lids and plastic pots and causing on numerous occasions that they stop closing hermetically, thus causing a cupboard full of lids and lunch boxes that do not fit.
In addition to their deformation, if we use a lid that is not suitable in any of these conditions, contaminating plastic particles such as Bisphenol A may migrate into the food, so it is important to take this into account.
Dishwashers dry dishes
Chemically PET is a linear thermoplastic polymer, as it softens with heat and hardens with cold, reversibly, it has a high degree of crystallinity. PET plastic is produced by a polycondensation reaction between terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. It belongs to the group of synthetic materials called polyesters.
I personally would radically eliminate it from regular use. I would only use it if I had no other alternative, for example when I leave the house, and I have no access to water to drink and I am forced to use a PET water bottle. (It is rare that it happens because I usually go equipped with my bottle with filter, but anyone can have an oversight). I would also avoid clothing made with PET (polyester) at all costs for the same reason.
High-density polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer of the olefinic polymer family. It is formed from many repeating ethylene units. This plastic is also labeled HDPE (high Density Polyethylene).
What material is the gatorade bottle made of?
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The plastic bottles of soft drinks or water are not refillable or completely safe for our health because they can release toxins if reused or if they are exposed to a heat source, and can contain millions of bacteria capable of causing diseases. In addition, they have a very negative impact on the environment, so sustainable alternatives are being sought, such as materials made from food processing derivatives that are easily recyclable or biodegradable and can contribute to reducing waste.
Because of the daily wear and tear of repeated washing and reuse (physical breakage of the plastic), because the containers are subjected to high temperatures and excessive light during storage (due to the migration of undesirable substances) and because of the possibility of becoming contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms, the WHO recommends the following rules for the reuse of plastic soft drink and water bottles:
Plastic can be washed in the dishwasher
There are even things you never thought you could wash in the dishwasher and you see, you can wash everything from fridge shelves to cooker hood filters. But beware, in the kitchen we also use things that should never go in the dishwasher, for the sake of those things or for the sake of the dishwasher itself. I will tell you what they are:
For two reasons, the first, because the rubbers lose effectiveness. The second is that if powder detergents are used, particles of powder can get trapped in the valve ducts and can even clog the valve.
We are more than accustomed to see how the glasses of daily use -or the glasses of the bars- look like when they are washed continuously in the dishwasher. The glass loses its shine and even its transparency, so it is fine to wash battle glasses, but Bohemia glassware is best washed by hand.
Unless the manufacturer insists that they are dishwasher safe, pans and pots with Teflon non-stick coating are best washed by hand, as during machine washing the non-stick coating may crack, which will cause it to gradually peel off with use.