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How to Clean Stainless Steel in the Dishwasher

Stainless steel dishes, pots, pans, plates, and cutlery items are special in kitchens worldwide because of their high durability, resistance to corrosion and rust, longevity, and reliability. 

Additionally, its non-porous surface prevents the absorption of odors and flavors, preserving the food's integrity. Moreover, stainless steel’s sleek appearance adds a touch of sophistication to any kitchen decor. 

But, ever since the invention of dishwashers, the ongoing debate revolves around whether stainless steel is compatible with dishwasher use or belongs to the list of “items never to be put into the dishwasher.”

Stainless steel is an alloy formed of iron and chromium, which protects the underlying metal from corrosion and rust, making the stainless steel cookware completely dishwasher safe.

Join us as we take you on a journey to explain how to clean stainless steel in the dishwasher to help prolong its gleams, elegance, and life. 

How to clean stainless steel bottles in the dishwasher

Reusable stainless steel bottles are the way of the future and one of the best ways to help reduce single-use plastic. Due to their moist environments, these bottles can easily become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria if not washed regularly.

To ensure your stainless steel water bottle is dishwasher safe, look for the dishwasher safe label, symbol, or icon on the bottle. Follow the steps below to ensure a sparkly, clean stainless steel bottle.

  1. By reading the label, ensure your stainless steel bottle is dishwasher safe. 
  2. Position your stainless steel water bottle upside down on the top rack in the dishwasher, ensuring the lid is removed.
  3. Include detachable components in the dishwasher cycle, such as the lid, straw, or filter.
  4. Add the Finish Ultimate All-in-1 tab in the dishwasher detergent dispenser, select regular dishwasher settings, and cycle
  5. After the wash cycle, ensure your stainless steel bottle is thoroughly dried before using it again.

How to clean stainless steel pots and pans in the dishwasher

While stainless steel is considered dishwasher safe, there are still some considerations to remember when cleaning stainless steel pots and pans in the dishwasher.

  1. Check the cookware thoroughly for a “dishwasher safe” label. Check the original packaging or manufacturer’s website if you have trouble locating the label. 
  2. Once it is confirmed that the cookware is dishwasher safe, remove solid food residue from dirty pots and pans before loading them into the dishwasher to prevent them from clogging your appliance. Avoid pre-rinsing them, which saves both water and time. 
  3. Consider how to load your dishwasher – dirty pots and pans should either go on their side or mess down on the bottom rack.

Add the Finish Ultimate All-in-1 tab detergent; use the pots and pans dishwasher setting if available. If your dishwasher doesn’t have this setting, select the longest cycle – give that baked-on food a little extra cleaning boost!

Frequently Asked Questions

Add Finish Rinse Aid separately in the dishwasher detergent compartment to prevent water spots on stainless steel items. It will work in the rinse cycle, providing a protective barrier between the food and your dishes. When used regularly, its special formula will help leave your dishes streak-free and dry – ready for your next big occasion!

Stainless steel items should be cleaned weekly and deep cleaned at least once a month to keep them in the best shape. 

Washing stainless steel items in the dishwasher typically doesn’t affect their durability.