The less you use the dishwasher, the more you’ll get from your knives
The facts speak for themselves. Even for knives marked as dishwasher-safe, everything indicates that using the dishwasher is not a good idea, unless your kitchen is kitted out with a special industrial one. The aggressive chemicals, high temperatures and contact with other objects in standard household dishwashers, not to mention the wash cycles which often last for hours, are not conducive to the lifespan of your knives.
Clean your knives by hand - it’s as easy as that
The best thing to do is to clean your knives by hand. It’s a lot quicker and still effective. To clean a knife after most standard kitchen tasks, all you need is hot water, a sponge or washing-up brush and a plain dishtowel or microfiber cloth for drying. Voilà, your knife is clean.
Good to know: storage is also part and parcel of knife care!
And after you’ve washed up? What you do then can also play a key role in making your knife last longer. It’s best for it to have its very own space away from other objects, so not simply thrown in the cutlery drawer together with scissors, salad servers and other knives. A knife block is the preferable means of storage to really look after your knife, but drawer organizers or protective sleeves can also be beneficial.