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Can You Put Frying Pans In The Dishwasher

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: February 6, 2024

Dishwashers are a lifesaver when it comes to kitchen cleaning. Let’s face it; there aren’t many fans of cleaning greased pots and pans after a tedious cooking session. Dishwashers save much of your time and energy as you don’t have to handwash the dishes.

There is no doubt that dishwashers help cut down the cleaning time, but is it safe to put frying pans in a dishwasher? Let’s find out!

Is It Safe To Put Frying Pans In A Dishwasher?

Dishwashers save up a lot of your time and energy by doing the dishes, but it’s also no genie to do whatever you wish for it to do! Modern dishwashers are just electronic devices with many dos and don’ts, a.k.a; the user manual.

The high temperature and the strong detergents that dishwashers use for cleaning dishes could damage specific frying pans, depending on their material. However, if the frying pan you use was made to withstand the high temperature of the water, as much as 320 Fahrenheit, you can certainly put it in a dishwasher for cleaning. 

But if your frying pan can’t withstand the high temperature of the water inside a dishwasher or the harsh compounds in the detergent it uses, your frying is bound to get damaged if you put it in a dishwasher.

Let’s look at the different frying pan materials and whether they could be put in a dishwasher.

Cast Iron Frying Pans

If you put your cast iron frying pan in a dishwasher, it will get pitted and will rust quickly. Not pretty!

Cast iron needs to be seasoned or enamelled, and the cast iron’s seasoning or enamel gives it non-stick properties. However, the hot temperature of the water inside and the abrasive detergent compounds would corrode the enamel and destroy the seasoning.

can yo put this frying pan into a dishwasher?

Also, the long washing duration that dishwashers take to complete a cleaning cycle would result in cast iron rusting. Therefore, it’s best to manually clean the cast iron frying pans with the help of a soft and durable sponge and water.

So the answer to putting your frying pan made of cast iron in the dishwasher is a clear no.

Putting it in the dishwasher to save time will only cost you even more time and energy, as the destroyed seasoning will have to be restored for you to use the cast iron again.

Aluminium Frying Pans

When it comes to aluminium frying pans, it all boils down to their make. If it comes with a manual that says the aluminium frying pan you use can withstand high temperatures and could be washed using a dishwasher, go ahead and get it cleaned in the dishwasher.

But as long as the aluminium frying pan you use doesn’t come with a user’s manual that says it’s dishwasher friendly, don’t ever put it in a dishwasher. If you do so, the shine and colour of the aluminium will be gone after a few washes.

Even if your aluminium pan is dishwasher friendly, it’s best to alternate between handwashing and dishwashing to ensure it won’t lose its lustre.

Stainless Steel Frying Pans

This is one such frying pan you can safely wash in a dishwasher without any qualms about damaging it. Stainless steel is sturdy and can endure the detergent compounds’ high temperature and harshness.

To be safer, don’t forget to look at the user manual and see if your stainless steel frying pan has a label that says it’s dishwasher friendly. Then, if you are worried about damaging them, don’t hesitate to opt for the good-old handwashing method.

Copper Frying Pans

A copper frying pan is known for its beautiful colour and glaze. However, deciding to clean it with the help of a dishwasher would be a mistake, as this would cause damage to its lustre. So instead, copper frying pans could be washed using the same old technique used to traditionally clean copper articles, with the help of a generous amount of salt and vinegar.

So the best way to wash your copper frying pans is using the help of your hands and not the dishwasher. The burnt areas of a copper frying pan will be squeaky clean after you scrub and wipe the salt and vinegar mixture off it.

Non-Stick Frying Pans

When it comes to a non-stick frying pan, stick to the instructions in the manual. For example, if the manual states that the non-stick frying pan isn’t meant for dishwasher cleaning, don’t ever put it in the dishwasher. The temperature and the detergent may ruin the non-stick surface of the pan.

for some frying pans, hand washing is the only way to go
For some frying pans, hand washing is the only way to go!

Use manual washing in such cases so as not to cause damage to the material.


Final Thoughts

Whether to wash frying pans in a dishwasher or by hand is a choice you have to make. However, if you insist on saving time and energy by washing the dishes in a dishwasher, the longevity of your pan might be a cause of concern.

The high temperatures and the hard detergents in the dishwasher could cause damage to the frying pans that aren’t designed as dishwasher-friendly. So don’t forget to check the manual of your frying pan before you decide to put it in the dishwasher. 

Manual washing could take time, but it won’t destroy the material of your frying pan and is environmentally friendly too!

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