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Chipped plates

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tanith Fri 17-Jan-20 18:21:39

Noticed I have several in my cupboard including bowls, I do discard chipped mugs/cups but carry on using plates and bowls with small chips.
What do you do.

MissAdventure Fri 17-Jan-20 18:26:58

I used to discard them straight away, but that's probably because my mum always did.

These days I just carry on using them until they're too bad.

I'm back to all odds and sods of crockery, too.

muffinthemoo Fri 17-Jan-20 18:30:16

I remember my granny telling me you had to get rid of anything with chips because that was how TB spread. Was there any truth in that??

I will eat off my own slightly flawed crockery but I won't give it to the rest of the family. I'm too cheap to replace everything straight away sadly!

M0nica Fri 17-Jan-20 18:40:33

I just ignore chips on crockery unless it makes the item unusable.

No, TB was not spread by using chipped crockery. Most chips are not usually where you put your mouth or even your food anyway. Chips normally occur on rims, bases and handles. I have yet to see a chip in the middle of a plate or even where you put your mouth on a cup or mug.

Everything I have gets washed in a dishwasher anyway.

Nortsat46 Fri 17-Jan-20 18:49:25

I replace chipped items straight away. My mother always said that germs lurk in the chips.

I now don’t think that’s true. I simply hate chipped crockery (my partner is quite heavy handed, bless him) and when we were younger and money was tight, we always continued to use any chipped items. Money isn’t exactly flowing now, but we can certainly replace chipped and cracked crockery.

Having said that, now we can afford to buy better quality crockery, it seems to chip less frequently.

Hetty58 Fri 17-Jan-20 18:51:19

I can't stand cracked or chipped mugs or cups. Dirt can lodge in them (until it dissolves in your hot tea) so they go straight in the bin. Plates are not so bad but I'll still throw them in case they have a sharp edge.

Hetty58 Fri 17-Jan-20 18:53:02

I was given coffee in a cracked mug once. I couldn't drink it so had to sneak into the kitchen to pour it down the sink!

kircubbin2000 Fri 17-Jan-20 20:32:10

I use them for the cat.

tanith Fri 17-Jan-20 21:00:28

Now I’m living alone I suppose the chipped ones don’t bother me as they’re washed in the dishwasher. I do have a nice set when I have guests. Nice to know everyone’s different.

TrendyNannie6 Fri 17-Jan-20 21:08:49

I must admit if I see any chips on mugs plates or dishes I do replace them, it doesn’t seem to happen as much nowadays though

Patsy70 Fri 17-Jan-20 21:10:22

I discard chipped crockery. My charity shop accepts such items as they are collected and sent abroad.

MawB Fri 17-Jan-20 21:11:55

Chuck them.

Kalu Fri 17-Jan-20 21:15:14

Straight in the bin.

kittylester Fri 17-Jan-20 21:21:29

Dump them.

Urmstongran Fri 17-Jan-20 21:25:00

I like to think I’m as worthy as my guests to have chip-free crockery!

Bathsheba Fri 17-Jan-20 21:36:11

Chipped or cracked mugs and cups get binned immediately. I recently replaced some chipped breakfast bowls, and I have a couple of tea plates which have a very tiny chip on the rim, so these will be replaced at some point.

They all get washed in the dishwasher, so I'm not worried on the cleanliness front, but I just hate the look of them!

sodapop Fri 17-Jan-20 21:56:51

I don't keep them either, just don't like to see chips or cracks.

M0nica Fri 17-Jan-20 22:03:38

It just strikes me as terribly wasteful to throw something away just because there is a small chip in it, especially if it is not visible unless you look.

CanadianGran Fri 17-Jan-20 22:22:41

I tend to keep them. Small chips don't bother me, and i use the 'good plates' for company so it is just me and DH using them.

Ngaio1 Fri 17-Jan-20 22:29:27

wait until I have a few and then advertise on freecycle as bits for people to use as mosaics on plant pots etc. Always taken. My Ma always said that the

Ngaio1 Fri 17-Jan-20 22:31:27

Goodness! Don't know what I did there! Shall start again: I don't used chipped plates etc., make a small collection and then advertise on freecycle to be taken as mosaic pieces. Ma maintained that cracks held germs and would not keep them in the house.

Shrub Fri 17-Jan-20 22:43:34

My favourite large tea mug has a crack down it. It leaked to begin with but has now sealed up again, probably with tea deposits. I get attached to my mugs and as I am the only person here, it doesn’t matter!

HettyMaud Fri 17-Jan-20 22:53:52

I have given away chipped crockery on Freecycle. Some people use it for mosaics.

HettyMaud Fri 17-Jan-20 22:54:33

Oh sorry, Ngaio1, you've said this already.

curvygran950 Fri 17-Jan-20 22:56:17

I use chipped( not cracked) plates and bowls in the garden as pot ‘saucers’ , but always throw away chipped or cracked mugs. I’m wary of the cracks finally parting and hot tea all over everything. My mum was an artist and used chipped plates for mixing paint and chipped mugs for storing brushes etc .

Witzend Sat 18-Jan-20 09:27:03

I will use them for family if the others are all dirty/in the dishwasher, and replace now and then when there are more than one or two, and if I happen to see my Portmeiron (sp?) on sale anywhere. (Which is never in my local John Lewis, they don’t stock it any more, too un-trendy.)

The TB thing is surely an old wives’ tale? Which makes me wonder why it’s always old wives’, and not old husbands’ , or just old men’s.

curvygran950 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:20:41

Witzend, there are several websites for finding discontinued china , just google ‘ discontinued china uk’ and several pop up . I’ve used one to find Denby patterns , with good results .

ladymuck Sat 18-Jan-20 17:11:00

I take a hammer to them and use the fragments for drainage in plant pots.

annep1 Sat 18-Jan-20 17:20:45

A very tiny not very noticable chip is ok by me. Cracks go in the bin immediately. Apart from germs if the item suddenly split you could be scalded or have a messy spill.

Fernbergien Sun 19-Jan-20 11:40:27

Mugs go.
Plates stay.
But no cracks - they go.

Daisymae Sun 19-Jan-20 12:18:19

I would bin them. In fact I sometimes replace things without chips.

timetogo2016 Sun 19-Jan-20 12:24:38

Straight in the bin.
My mom said they harbour germs which does actually make sense .
I did once nip my finger on a chipped saucer so that's another reason to bin them.

travelsafar Sun 19-Jan-20 12:26:10

It is relatively cheap to replace crockery sets nowadays for everyday use, so yes i would put in the recycling bin. Obviously if you have a treasured set then it would be more upsetting to dispose of.

Ngaio1 Sun 19-Jan-20 20:57:38

HettyMaud. No matter - it is a good idea.

Hetty58 Sun 19-Jan-20 21:29:12

My friend collects vintage plates from charity shops. She has to hand wash them (not dishwasher proof) - so I wouldn't bother as I'm lazy. Any 'rejects' with chips she uses in the garden for plant saucers and overlapped as (unusual but pretty) lawn edging.

Maggiemaybe Sun 19-Jan-20 21:54:51

Nothing much goes in the bin here. If we can’t use them as containers for flowers, paintbrushes etc, badly chipped crockery goes to the local Scouts for the china smash stall at their local fundraiser.

lemongrove Mon 20-Jan-20 00:04:51

I don’t like waste either, so try and find a use for chipped crockery if possible.Large plates are useful for under plant pots and smaller ones I give to friends who have cats and I used to pass them to an animal shelter where we used to live.

newnanny Mon 20-Jan-20 01:40:10

In use plain white plates for everyday so any chips and they go in bin and easy to replace from Tesco.

welbeck Mon 20-Jan-20 01:55:27

my mother, whom I looked up to v much, said cracked plates must be smashed as the cracks keep dirt which harbours germs. she worked in hospitals during the war. nothing was carelessly wasted then. so I would use the same principle re cracked crockery. the glaze is broken, so can they really be effectively cleaned, even in a machine I don't know. anyway I am a one item person, so its not a problem. I always point out in a café if I see a cup/glass with a crack/chipped and tell them it must be thrown away.
if I get a piece of cutlery that is not clean enough, I loudly throw it on the floor in café, and say I dropped it and ask for another. perhaps I should do that with cups, but it a bit tricky if they contain liquid.
my mother was a strong person. would have been good as a warrant officer in the army. clear, authoritative, intelligent, self-assured. wish I'd been more like that. or something

Greyduster Mon 20-Jan-20 08:43:24

Anything cracked goes straight in the bin, but a small chip on a bowl or plate will still render it useful for something in the kitchen. Bizarrely, I have a mug with a chip and no handle that I have kept for some years as, when full, it holds just the right amount of rice to cook for two of us.

M0nica Tue 21-Jan-20 17:21:38

I am currently drinking tea from a very pretty mug with a chip on the base. I will continue to use it until, at sometime I drop it or knock it off the table and it shatters.