Are you guilty of this common kitchen mistake?

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When it comes to cleaning up after a big meal, your dishwasher really is your best friend. However, if your method is shoving everything in and hoping for the best, you may want to reconsider.

We have a whole article on the best way to load your dishwasher, but there's one mistake that we're all guilty of making: putting our kitchen knives in the dishwasher.

According to the cookery experts, you should always wash your kitchen knives by hand -and we're not just talking about fancy ones.

It turns out that putting any of your kitchen knives in the dishwasher will eventually blunt them, meaning you'll save money long-term if you put a bit of elbow grease into keeping them clean.

"Some dishwashers have extremely high water pressure, which can dull blades quickly. The small crystals in dishwasher detergent can also be abrasive," said a chef at HelloFresh.

Let's face it, no one wants dull knives. In fact, chopping with a blunt knife isn't just irritating, it's actually more dangerous because applying more pressure to the blade makes you more likely to hurt yourself.

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Kitchen knives can be bad news for your dishwasher too. Should the blade accidentally cut through the plastic coating on the upper rack, this leaves it prone to rust. And it's not a cheap or easy part to replace.

Cheese graters should stay out of the dishwasher for the same reason.

How to wash a kitchen knife

Instead of putting them in the dishwasher, carefully wash your kitchen knives by hand in hot, soapy water with a sponge or dish cloth. Be sure to wipe away from the blade, and don’t leave knives submerged in water. Dry thoroughly before putting away.

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