Can stainless steel pots go in the dishwasher? (+5 steps)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can stainless steel pots go in the dishwasher?”, and how to clean stainless steel chafing dishes in the dishwasher?

Can stainless steel pots go in the dishwasher?

Yes, you can use stainless steel pots in the dishwasher. The jury is still out on whether stainless steel pots and pans can go in the dishwasher or not. Those who are not in favor claim that the harsh detergents of the dishwasher are corrosive to the stainless steel material. Moreover, they leave watermarks, discolorations on the pots and pans besides making them look dull.

How to clean stainless steel pots and pans in the dishwasher?

  • A stamp on the bottom of the cookware will tell you whether the pot or pan is dishwasher-safe or not. If you cannot find a label or stamp, look for it on the original packaging or search on the manufacturer’s website or directly contact the manufacturer.
  • Use a wooden spatula to scrape off heavy stuck-on food from the stainless steel cookware.
  • Read the owner’s manual to decide whether to put the dishes in on their sides in the bottom rack or mess side down on the bottom rack.
  • Add detergents such as Finish Quantum or  Cascade Platinum ActionPac.
  • Set the dishwasher to the pots and pans setting. In case your dishwasher does not have this setting, go for the longest cycle to make sure you have no stuck on baked food residues. 

How to clean stainless steel chafing dishes?

Stainless steel chafing dishes are often used in restaurants at food buffets or at events. Put the chafing dishes in the dishwasher after giving them a pre-rinse. 

You ought to have a commercial dishwasher for this purpose because chafing dishes won’t fit inside a household dishwasher. 

Refrain from using flammable cleaning chemicals during the washing as the chafing dishes are used along with fuel and open flame.

How to clean stainless steel water bottles in the dishwasher?

  • Painted or insulated stainless steel water bottles are not dishwasher-safe. So start by looking for a label or stamp on these bottles that claim the bottles can be used in the dishwasher.
  • Place the stainless steel water bottle in the dishwasher in an upended position without the lid.
  • The detachable parts o the bottle including straw, lid/cap, or filter should also be placed in the dishwasher.
  • Prefer adding a milder cleaner like Finish® Quantum® instead of a harsher one like Finish Deep Clean.
  • Set the dishwasher on a regular cycle and make sure to dry the bottles thoroughly before use.

Can I wash it in the dishwasher?

What you can and can’t wash in the dishwasher
Item Wash in the dishwasher Expert comments 
Aluminum No 
Ashtrays No The dishwasher can become clogged up due to the ash.
Baby bottles Yes A sterilizer is preferred. If using a dishwasher, put the bottles on the top shelf.
Baking cookware It depends Stainless steel is dishwasher-safe but aluminum and non-stick bakeware is not
Bone-handled cutlery No The dishwasher is corrosive to the bone
Brass or any soft alloys No 
Cast iron No The detergent will wash away the seasoning. Too long exposure to water results in rust.
Ceramic baking dishes Yes The dishwasher effectively cleans the baked-on residue
Copper cookware No 
Enamelware Yes The dishwasher effectively cleans the baked-on residue
Fine aluminum cookware No 
Fine china No 
Hand-painted ceramics No 
Lead crystal No Results in leaching of the lead from the crystal
Mason jar lids Yes The dishwasher will slowly corrode and reduce the shelf-life of the plastic jar lid
Plastics It depends As long as it is, dishwasher-safe, It can go in the dishwasher and that too on the top shelf to protect it from the heating element
Pressure cooker lids No Small residual food particles may clog the pressure valves
Wood No 
Wine glasses It depends Clouding and etching are common over a period of time. Red wine stains can be removed by denture cleaner

Can you put stainless steel in the oven?

Yes, you can put stainless steel in the oven. Firstly, pay attention to the material of the handle of stainless steel pans. These are often made of wood to make them safe for stovetop. The wood will break when subjected to high temperatures of the oven.

The second important thing is the lid, which is often made of tempered glass which can withstand oven temperature If the label says so and that too below 450℉ only. High-quality pans made entirely of stainless steel are oven safe up to 500℉ in the oven.

Conclusion

In this article, we will answer the question “Can stainless steel pots go in the dishwasher?”, and how to clean stainless steel chafing dishes in the dishwasher?

References

https://cascadeclean.com/en-us/how-to/how-to-clean/how-to-clean-stainless-steel-pots-and-pans-in-the-dishwasher/
https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/kitchen/dishwashers/articles/can-you-put-it-in-the-dishwasher

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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