Can You Put Pots In The Dishwasher?

By Cory White

You have just purchased a new dishwasher, and you want to know what to wash and what not to wash in your favorite new kitchen appliance. We’re delighted to help you out with some information.  Now, can you put pots in the dishwasher? Well, that depends. We’ll explain more in the rest of this guide. This guide contains what you need to know about putting pots in your dishwasher. It highlights what kind of pots can go into it while also giving reasons why some pots are best washed by hand.

Is it a good idea to put pots in the dishwasher?

Again, it depends on what kind of pots you are talking about. For instance, putting your favorite non-stick pots inside the dishwasher is not so much of a good idea. 

Averagely, it’s not a good idea to put pots in the dishwasher. However, some manufacturers and brands specify that their pots are dishwasher-safe. Hence, you should check for specific information on your user manual or contact the manufacturer. 

Read on for more breakdown on the different types of pots and what we would advise, whether to put them inside the dishwasher or not.

Cast Iron pots

Your cast iron should stay away from the dishwasher, especially if you want to preserve its lifespan. You should avoid washing your cast iron pots with regular soap or dishwasher soap. Use a paper towel to clean it. 

Carefully wipe out the surface with a power towel. If some food particles are stuck to the surface of the pots, you can soak the pot in some warm water. 

Washing your cast iron pots in the dishwasher will make it get rust quickly. It also takes away the seasonings already layered in the pots. It will also remove the seasoning on the pot’s surface, which is meant to be coated into the pot. 

We know that dumping dishes into the dishwasher seems like the best solution, but we promise it isn’t. It is best to wipe those cast iron pots with paper towels.

Non-Stick pots

If you want your non-stick pots to remain non-stick, take them away from the dishwasher. 

Non-stick pots come with an additional protective layer that makes your foods not stick to the surface. When you wash non-stick pots in the dishwasher, they become prone to several things.

First is the heat. Notice that you are advised to use non-stick pots on only low and medium heat. Except the manufacturer indicates that your set of non-stick pots is suitable for dishwasher use, it’s best to handwash them. This prevents them from getting in contact with the direct heat from the dishwasher.

Also, your non-stick pot can get easily kicked around during a wash cycle. This may lead to potential scratches on your pot’s surface or even more significant damage. 

Hence, even when the manufacturer indicates that their non-stick pots are dishwasher-safe, it’s still best to include some handwashing in the cleaning process.


Your aluminum pots are another thing you wonder whether to put in your dishwasher or keep away. Aluminum pots are very delicate; you want to give them the best care to make them durable. 

When you wash your aluminum pots in the dishwasher, they can get easily scratched as they come in contact with the other pots or dishes inside the dishwasher. Also, when you constantly wash your aluminum pots in the dishwasher, they begin to lose their color and their finishing touches. They start to have this dull finish look to them.

However, the ultimate guide to washing your aluminum pots in the dishwasher is by following your manufacturer’s instructions. There might be some special instructions to guide you on washing these pots without harming them in any way.

We’ll tell you to add some handwashing to the cleaning procedure if you seek our advice.

Stainless Steel

You can wash your stainless steel pots in the dishwasher as long as you take the necessary precautions. 

Again, it is imperative to follow your manufacturer’s directives. So the first thing you should ask yourself is if your stainless steel pots are dishwasher-safe to start with. If they are not, they should be found in the dishwasher by no means.

If they are dishwasher-safe, make sure you pay attention to how you load them in the dishwasher. Keep them away from other pots or dishes that might easily cause scratches. 

Also, it would be best if you checked for the handles of your stainless steel pots. If they have plastic handles, make sure that the handles are heat resistant before washing them in the dishwasher. 

Confirm the right kind of detergent instructed to be used in washing them by your manufacturer.

Lastly, apply the correct settings, mainly if specific settings are applied for washing pots and pans in your dishwasher.


Your copper pots are another thing that should not be in the dishwasher. It’s so much better to wash them with your hand. Handwashing copper pots preserve their durability, unlike washing them in the dishwasher.

Washing your copper pots in the dishwasher can cause them to fade and fastly lose their color. Also, exposing these copper pots to the dishwasher’s temperature is just a no-no.

Handwashing copper pots is not as bad as you think. If you have some burnt food particles on the surface, you can quickly get rid of them with a salt and vinegar solution. You can leave this salt and water solution on the surface of the pts for about twenty seconds. There should be no further problems with washing the surface after this. 

Also, when handwashing them, it’s advisable to use some warm water and a bar of gentle dish soap. 

So, again, keep your copper pots away from the dishwasher.

What to do if you’ve already washed clothes in the dishwasher?

As the name implies, your dishwasher is meant to wash dishes and not clothes. Washing your clothes in the dishwasher is a big No. 

Aside from the fact they do not even get your clothes clean, it is harmful to the dishwasher. Your clothes can spin and get tangled with some parts of the dishwasher, for example, the spray arms. This may cause the spray arms to break. 

However, if you’ve already washed clothes in the dishwasher, look for any damage done to the dishwasher and ensure not to repeat it.

Instead, handwash your clothes yourself or drop them off at a laundry service center. You can also get a washing machine to help with washing your clothes instead of using the dishwasher.

Other options to easily clean pots

When it comes to cleaning pots, the best thing to check for the manufacturer’s directives. You can easily find it in the manual that comes with the package or contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s instructions will guide you on whether you should handwash the pots or wash them in the dishwasher.

Also, when cleaning pots, take extra precautions concerning how you arrange them. If you do not arrange your pots properly, they might get scratched on the surface or even stained also. 

If your manufacturer says that it is safe to wash your pots in the dishwasher, ensure that you add a mix of both handwashing and washing in the dishwasher.

You can also use cleaning agents like vinegar and baking soda during the cleaning process.

Do not put some cold water in a hot pot or pan; instead, let it cool off first. 

Lastly, ensure that you dry the pots immediately after washing them. 

Whatever cleaning trick you use, ensure that it keeps the pot’s lifespan in check or even prolongs it, if possible.


This guide extensively discusses how safe it is to put your pots in the dishwasher. It specifies which cleaning method works best for the particular kinds of pots. 

Again, while deciding between handwashing your pots or washing them in the dishwasher, remember to follow your manufacturer’s instructions. You can find these instructions on your manufacturer’s website or your packaging material. Check whether your pot is dishwasher-safe or otherwise. 

Conclusively, constantly washing your pot in the dishwasher can cause more harm than good. Hence, it’s always advisable to do a mix of hand cleaning and use the dishwasher, when applicable.

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