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did i just destroy my dishwasher?

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I have a heavy plastic serving spoon that slipped through the cracks in the dishwasher and burned almost all the way through the handle...

my entire apartment smells like burnt plastic (can't be healthy or safe!). assuming that the dishwasher still works, is it still safe to use if there are remnants of plasic on the bottom?

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  1. ur dishwasher has officially been used in Jfood-land. Absolutely use the dishwasher again and you are NOT the first person to do this. I know of at least 2 instances in my house in which I did this as well.

    Throw away the spoon, have a good laugh and go to BBBY tomorrow and get a new one.

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    1. re: jfood

      And also in the Covert household as well. ;-)

      Smile and burn some incense, Nalega. And be glad your stepchild, apparently new to housework, didn't fill the dishwasher with Palmolive instead of Cascade. . .on TWO separate occasions! :-D

      1. re: jfood

        i just melted a spatula yesterday, its an art peice now lol

      2. I had a plastic spatula fall into the heating ring at the bottom of my dishwasher (long ago). While I could remove most of the spatula, some had hardened onto the ring since I hadn't noticed what happened. I ran the diswasher again but this time opened it right away (no heated dry cycle) and gently peeled away the spatula remnant. A bit still stuck and I left it there. The dishwasher worked fine for years afterwards (bit by bit the remnant wore away).