Can You Put Pans In The Dishwasher?

Cooking in pans may frequently leave stubborn stains on them. You may consider washing your pans in the dishwasher to avoid extra work by washing your hand. However, can you put [ans in a dishwasher?

Well, no, it is not a good idea to put pans in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are designed to clean stains, food debris, and other contaminants effectively.

For this purpose, dishwashers use 320oF of water temperature and strong harsh chemicals.

Dishwasher’s cleaning cycles mostly include vigorous scrubbing, which results in sparkly clean dishes.

You may find pans, pots, and other cookware labeled as Dishwasher-Safe, but they can also get damaged.

Can You Put Pans In the Dishwasher

We know that determining which pans are dishwasher safe and which are not may be difficult, especially if no care instructions are included.

Not every utensil can withstand that much heat and scrubbing.

Delicate pans with protective and non-stick coatings can get damaged during the cleaning process of the dishwasher.

We have examined different types of pans and put them in the dishwasher to ease your confusion.

So this article will help you know the specific pans in the dishwasher and why it is not recommended to wash pans in the dishwasher.

Can You Put Non-Stick Pans In The Dishwasher?

Non-stick pans are trendy and must-buy these days. Users love these pans due to their non-stick property.

But these pans have ceramic or Teflon coating over aluminum, making them non-stick, and these coatings cannot bear dishwasher temperature.

The coating on your non-stick pans may peel off or erode if you put them in the dishwasher. The delicate coating is also prone to scratching and damage in the dishwasher.

So if you don’t want to waste your money buying new pans, handwashing them is the best-recommended option.

Can You Put Non-Stick Pans In The Dishwasher

Can You Put Aluminum Pans In The Dishwasher?

Washing aluminum cookware in the dishwasher is not safe all the time.

If you put an aluminum pan that is not dishwasher safe, you may see spots and deterioration within the first few washes.

Besides this, aluminum can easily get scratched by other utensils.

So if you want the pan not to be damaged, then place that pan upside down. Make sure no other utensil is causing pans scratches. 

Can You Put Cast-Iron Pans In The Dishwasher?

No, cast iron Pan seasoning is essential to make its surface non-stick, and a dishwasher can ruin this. Never put your cast-iron pans in the dishwasher because they can rust.

Here you can read our detailed article about can you put cast iron in the dishwasher?

Can You Put Stainless Steel Pans In The Dishwasher?

Yes, you can put stainless steel pans in the dishwasher, but precautions must follow.

However, remember that only stainless steel pans with a dishwasher-safe label can go in the dishwasher.

If you put your stainless steel pan in the dishwasher, follow the instructions below.

  • Always use mild detergent while washing pans in the dishwasher.
  • Pre-rinse the pan is a must to avoid any reaction with acidic foods.
  • You cannot mix stainless steel and silver-coated pans at the same time. Quick-drying after washing is necessary.

Can You Put Baking Pans In The Dishwasher?

Not all baking pans can go in the dishwasher. Baking pans can be classified into metallic and non-metallic pans.

These pans are made of aluminum, glass, stainless steel, copper, etc.

You should know which material is dishwasher safe and which is not. Here is a quick answer according to the material.

Metallic Baking Pans

Pan MaterialDishwasher Safe?Reason
AluminumNoThe harsh chemical of dishwasher detergent can react to metal and cause holes, white spots, and corrosion.
Anodized AluminumYesThe anodized coating on pans can protect the metal from harsh chemicals of detergent. But to prolong the life of pans, hand washing is recommended.
Stainless SteelYesSee the instructions and follow precautions while washing.
Cast Iron/TinNoThese metals can rust in the dishwasher cleaning process.
CopperNoCopper can lose its shine and get scratches by vigorously cleaning the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended.
Non-stick PansNoNon-stick coatings are high heat sensitive and can get damaged.

Non-Metallic Baking Pans

Pan MaterialDishwasher Safe?Reason
GlassYesMost glass baking pans are dishwasher safe, but you should check the manufacturer’s instructions before using them.
CeramicYesAlthough they are dishwasher-safe, most ceramic baking pans have rims of metals that can cause corrosion. The finish of the pans can also get affected in the dishwasher.

Can You Put Copper Pans In The Dishwasher?

Never put copper pans in the dishwasher. Users like copper pan due to their lustrous look; this finish can get damaged by the cleaning process of the dishwasher.

Hand washing the copper pans with mild detergent and gentle scrub is recommended.

For stubborn stains and food residues, soak them in warm water for half an hour and use salt during scrubbing.

Although some pans can be washed in the dishwasher, it is recommended to wash them by hand to avoid any damage.

Here is how you can properly wash a pan by hand.

  • Use crumbled tin foil or a gentle scrubber to remove burnt material from pans. This tip will protect pans from scratches from abrasion.
  • If your stainless steel pans have stains, try removing them with tomato ketchup or baking soda paste.
  • Soak burnt pans in warm water and salt with detergent to remove the burnt layer.
  • Always quick dry the pans after washing; this will protect the pans from spots and rust.
  • To prevent the warping of pans, let the hot pan cool down before washing.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals for washing pans, as chlorine and salts in the detergent can react with the pan’s materials.


Final Words

To sum up, only a few pans can go in the dishwasher. Most pans are not dishwasher-safe and can be ruined if washed in the dishwasher.

Check the instructions on the pans to see if your pan can be washed in the dishwasher. If you can’t find any instructions check the company’s website.

To maintain the pan’s shine, coating, and polish, it is best to wash pans and other cookware. Use mild detergent for the cleaning process.

Steven Settles Author

Steven Settles is an ISCET-certified master in appliance repair. He has aced the National Appliance Service Technician Certification Exam, showcasing his exceptional diagnostic and repair skills. With an in-depth understanding of the latest repair technologies and a keen eye on evolving industry standards, Steven is a go-to expert for any appliance issue.

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