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What is the rule about putting Sterling Silver flatware in

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What is the rule about putting Sterling Silver flatware in the dishwasher? I never have, but then I have started hearing about it being ok. I think it is not supposed to touch a non-sterling item. Can you help?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hello again Customer, and welcome back to Just Answer.

What you heard is correct: You can put sterling silver in the dishwashwer, but repeated washings can make pieces look worn, quickly. You will preserve the look of your sterling if you hand wash, immediately after use, and then, dry with a soft cloth. If you do choose to wash your sterling silver in the dishwasher, use only about one tablespoon of dishwasher detergent (don't use lemon-scented detergent) and do not wash non-sterling (stainless steel) flatware at the same time. A chemical reaction between the two metals can cause discoloration of the sterling.

Here are more helpful tips on how best to care for your sterling silver flatware:

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Edited by Cher on 1/2/2011 at 5:42 AM EST
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