Do you get rust stains on knives and cutlery that have been in the dishwasher? Then your dishwasher might be suffering from rust film. Don't worry, it's an easy problem to fix. Learn more about rust film in this guide.
A dishwasher needs to be treated well to work optimally - and to prevent the things you put in it from becoming damaged or ugly to look at.
Just as you have to remember to add salt (to soften the water and avoid limescale on your cutlery) and rinse aid (also to soften the water and reduce surface water and aid drying) to your dishwasher, it's also important to ensure that rust film is kept out of the dishwasher - or removed when discovered.
Because of iron! being washed in the dishwasher. Rust film occurs when stainless steel cutlery and/or knives are washed with other items that are:
Check whether, for example, your garlic press is made of iron before putting it in the dishwasher. The blade of a cheese slicer or pizza cutter can also be a culprit when it comes to rust film. The same applies to cutlery holders that are made of iron and where the insulation has split, making the iron visible. That's why many cutlery holders are now made of plastic.
You can also avoid rust film by keeping things made of iron, rusty items and other metal items not made of stainless steel out of the dishwasher.
You should also be aware that food containing fruit acid, acetic acid, lactic acid or salt can also damage stainless steel cutlery if left for too long. The acids can erode the stainless steel surface, allowing the rust to spread.
What if you have rust film in your dishwasher and your cutlery is stained? There are several options you can try.
Now you've read how to best look after your dishwasher, it's also worthwhile noting that your knives work best if washed by hand. The dishwasher weakens and blunts the blade, as does leaving your knives in the drawer as opposed to storing them in a knife block or on a magnetic wall rack.
If you want to read more about storing knives, you can find more information in the post How best to store your knives.