Originally Posted by gakon
Take them out of the block on the counter, of course. You don't put good knives in the dishwasher. At least that's what my mom taught me.
Mom was right.
You also don't put in cereal bowls that had "Cream of Wheat" in them without rinsing that stuff out first. Otherwise, you'll sandblast your glassware.
At any rate, the real best weapon in my mother's kitchen would be that can of "Comet" cleanser sitting beside the sink. Your enemy can't fight if their eyes are melting...then you hit them with mom's Revere Ware or that big cast iron pan. Just be sure to clean up after yourself, don't forget to compost the bodies and recycle the brass from the bullets.
BTW: on the subject of dish cleaning, the best method ever of removing burnt coffee when some boob leaves the pot empty on the burner is to throw in some ice and salt (after rinsing the pot with progressively cooler water to cool it down) and swish it around for a minute or so. It works better than any chemical cleaner. Having worked in restaurants during college, it saved more than a few pots. The places I worked at hired a lot of boobs. The funny part is, so does the place I work at now - they're just higher paid...