Somewhat OT: Rusted 'Stainless' Flatware?
It seems that all of my "stainless steel" flatware has rust spots. I have been through four dishwashers in two houses in the last few years, and every time I wash the flatware, it comes out with more and more pieces with rust spots. I have several different kinds of flatware, and all of it was sold as stainless steel...why is it rusting? It was all sold as dishwasher safe as well - I suppose I could hand wash it?
I think at this point, I am looking at buying new flatware when I put the kitchen back together. How do I keep the new stuff from rusting? Is there something I should be looking for on the packaging? My mom has had the same flatware for thirty years and no rust - but my last set didn't even last a year. I use the same detergent that my mom uses - Cascade powder, usually lemon scented. I use a rinse agent, but I didn't with the older dishwashers...and it rusted either way. Is it my water? The dishwasher? The flatware hates me? Help!
I hope it is okay to put this here...I figured if anyone would know the answer, it was the great minds here! Thanks in advance!