What is the meaning of the dishwasher safe symbol?
The dishwasher safe symbol is one of the safety symbols representing that an item is safe enough to use in the dishwasher; however, there is no officially approved and accepted dishwasher safe symbol that signifies the safe dishwasher items. So people should be wary, as not all ceramics and plastics are dishwasher safe. Too often, dishware and containers are relegated to the dishwasher only to turn out unusable and ruined. This article will become aware of some ordinary and less common dishwasher safe symbols and their meanings.
What's more, the dishwasher safe symbol is not a general claim, since each company that produces tableware and kitchenware has its standards and process to decide and determine what can be called dishwasher safe, based on their materials and methods. Still, it is possible to decide on two types of dishwasher safe symbols:
- Dishwasher safe, top rack only;
- Dishwasher safe;
If an item is marked with "dishwasher safe, top rack only," then it means it is only safe to be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher because most dishwashers' main heating element is usually at the bottom of the machine. Hence the full-frame is cooler than the bottom. So, if you put an item marked with "top rack only" in the machine's bottom rack, you may find it has warped, discolored, or even become damaged by the end of the cycle.
For each dishwasher safe item, the personalized dishwasher safe symbol is designed individually. For instance, some dishwasher symbols are created with a square box, glasses or plates (or both) inside the machine. You may also see diagonal lines or water droplets on dishwasher safe symbols that signify water. Those items used for "top rack only," the water droplets or diagonal lines will only hit the top of the glasses or plates. Besides, if the dishwasher safe symbol shows lines or droplets that cross the square box's entirety, it is perhaps safe to wash the dishes on either the bottom or top rack. The dishwasher safe symbol can also include a temperature to clarify the exact and safest maximum temperature to clean the item.
Common dishwasher safe symbols
Below you can see a brief list of some of the most common dishwasher safe symbols you may find helpful. These signs may indicate that your dishware, Tupperware, or any other item is safe to be washed in your dishwasher.
The first symbol indicates a dishwasher rack along with two dishes inside the machine as they are getting washed (see below Image 1 - dishwasher safe symbol):
Image 1 - dishwasher safe symbol.
The second symbol shows a wine glass which is covered in water droplets (see below Image 2 - dishwasher safe symbol):
Image 2 - dishwasher safe symbol.
The third symbol notates a single dish sitting through a dishwasher rack, with water droplets falling (see below Image 3 - dishwasher safe symbol):
Image 3 - dishwasher safe symbol.
These dishwasher safe symbols show that the item is dishwasher safe, and you can proceed with them to wash. You must always wish to ensure and become aware of each character that your kitchenware or tableware has on it. It would be best if you also were mindful of the items to use in your dishwasher; simply not knowing the dishwasher symbol's definition can lead to a severe loss of your item or even machine.
Understanding and knowing the dishwasher safe symbols can help you to find it easy to use your dishwasher. It is essential to use the dishwasher's relevant items since its functionality and longevity are key at home. If you are accidentally using your dishwasher on hazardous items, do not be surprised with the result, since it may result in irreparable damage or brake both to the piece of kitchenware or tableware and to your dishwasher as well.