Are Coated Pans Suitable For the Dishwasher?

Why coated pans don’t belong in the dishwasher

Coated pans and pots are covered with a non-stick layer, for example, made of Teflon. This way the food doesn’t burn as quickly when cooking.

  • Whether made of aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel, iron, or copper – there are different types of coated pans and they all have one thing in common: the non-stick coating is a sensitive surface that can quickly become detached with tools that are too sharp or aggressive cleaning agents.
  • Even if some manufacturers state that their pan is dishwasher safe, you should still not clean coated pans and pots in the dishwasher.
  • The reason: the harsh dishwasher detergent attacks the non-stick coating over time. If the coating of the pan comes off, toxic substances can be released, especially when cooking with aluminum pans.
  • The service life of the pan also decreases enormously as soon as the coating peels off.
  • When cooking with coated pans, generally ensure that they do not get too hot. At temperatures of around 200 degrees, Teflon releases toxic fumes that can be dangerous for humans and animals.
  • Teflon is also notorious for being difficult to degrade once the plastic enters the natural environment via the dishwasher’s wastewater.
  • It is better to clean your coated pans by hand with hot water, a little washing-up liquid, and a soft, non-abrasive sponge – as recommended by the Bavarian Consumer Advice Centre, for example.

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