The OXO Good Grips Pastry Scraper is the perfect tool when I'm making Christmas Cookies. I have a granite counter, so I can roll my cut out sugar cookies directly on my counter. After I'm done rolling a batch, I like to scrape off the counter so none of the old dough makes it harder for me to roll out a new batch. Instead of getting out a paper towel to clean off the counter, I just scrape away the dough with the pastry scraper. This is a great tool that does not cause any damage to my kitchen counter. I don't typically put this in the dishwasher, but I think it would be okay if someone were to put it in the dishwasher. I just wash it by hand, which is relatively easy. The handle on the pastry scraper is nice because it's a thick enough piece that I can grip it easily. Ease of Cleaning This is easy to wash by hand, but it would be even easier to wash in the dishwasher. I just don't like to put it in the dishwasher because sometimes similar items will get their finish removed when you put it in the dishwasher.