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Anodized Cookware in the Dishwasher


I just found out you're not supposed to put anodized cookware in the dishwasher. We don't do it it often but occasionally if my husband is cleaning up (rarely happens) the pans will go in the dishwasher. I can't see any evidence of damage to the surface of these pans but want to know if they are possibly unsafe to use. I hope you can answer my question.

POSTED BY CATHY :: MD USA :: 10/04/2006 12:44 AM


My husband Larry is the dishwasher in our house, so I don't have a lot of attention on what is safe to put in the dishwasher or not. But it seems that some cookware is dishwasher safe and some isn't. I would follow the manufacturer's advice on this.

At first I answered this question by saying putting your cookware in the dishwasher probably wouldn't ruin it, but read the comments for the experiences of readers who DID ruin their anodized aluminum cookware by putting it in the diswasher.

Debra :-)


I believe the reason they tell you not to put your skillets in the dishwasher is because the extreme heat changes during the washing can warp the metal. This happened to me and my husband was not able to reshape the skillet no matter what he pounded it with. After that every time I cooked with it, even after he got it in to a better looking shape, the skillet would "pop" back into its warped state again whenever I cooked with it. I finally had to toss it.


You can damage anaodized aluminum pots in the dish washer! The bleach in the detergent will eventually make large white spots on the pots. This is a permenant thing and can not be un-done. Be careful! Speaking from experience.

POSTED BY ANN MARIE :: SC USA :: 10/09/2006 6:17 AM


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