Are you like me? Do you know that you should not put your plastic water bottle in the dishwasher but sometimes you sneak it in? What about your plastic mixing bowls, spoons, spatulas, measuring cups? Can those safely go in the dishwasher?
Plastic products should NOT be put in the dishwasher! Repeated wear and tear on plastic mixing bowls, measuring cups, spatulas, spoons, water bottles, you name it, can cause BPA, Phthalates and other chemicals to leach out of the plastic when heated.
What are Phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals used as softeners or plasticizers in PVC or vinyl and can be found in hundreds of products. They have been shown to disrupt hormone activity and some studies have linked them to liver and breast cancer.
We know BPA is harmful and BPA-Free does not mean it is safe to put in the dishwasher. So much as I hate to do it I wash ALL my plastics by hand, and I encourage you to do the same!