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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Taylor R-United States, Nov. 19, 2011

Since we are on the topic of reusing materials to reduce carbon emissions, I was thinking about how people throw away plastic containers before even trying to reuse them. I try to reuse plastic containers whenever i can, but sometimes these containers are dirty and need to be washed. So, I began to ask the question, “Can you wash some plastics in the dishwasher?” I researched the topic and came up with this verdict: you can wash some but not others. It depends on the thickness of the plastic and whether or not it will hold up to the heat and detergents used in the washing machine. Here is a helpful site that determines if your plastic is safe to wash.

http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/2009/10/23/is-it-safe-to-wash-plastic-bottles-and-dishes-in-the-dishwasher/
Taylor R-United States
Comments (2)
  • Christiane L-USA Christiane L-USA Nov. 25, 2011
    This is a great idea! My family has started recycling plastic tupperware after using them instead of throwing them away, but I didn't know that there were certain types that you could and could not wash.
  • Taylor R-United States Taylor R-United States Nov. 25, 2011
    I'm glad to hear your family is recycling and reusing plastic Tupperware! I too found that you coul only wash certain types of plastic!

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