Is Farberware Dishwasher Safe? (Find Out Now!)
Undeniably, if you cook using pots and pans, you also have to clean your pots and pans. Though, if you cook often, you may start to notice that your daily washing routine isn’t enough to prevent grease and food residue from forming stubborn stains. With this in mind, and for the sake of convenience, you might find yourself wondering: “Is Farberware dishwasher safe?”
Farberware offers a number of cookware products, such as frying pans, saucepans, stockpots, griddles, steamers, and more. Their products are also made with a range of materials, and whether or not your Farberware cookware is dishwasher safe depends on the material it is made out of. All of their stainless steel, aluminum, and ceramic cookware is labeled “dishwasher-safe” but their hard anodized ceramic and hard anodized aluminum products are not.
Though, even if your Farberware is dishwasher safe, we highly recommend skipping the dishwasher. Continue reading to find out why, and how to properly clean and care for your Farberware cookware.
What is Farberware?
One of the oldest and most trusted brands in America, Farberware produces a variety of kitchen-related appliances, cookware, and bakeware. From reliable aluminum and stainless-steel cookware to the famous stovetop coffee percolator to their cutting-edge hybrid ceramic nonstick products, Farberware is known for durability, innovation, and value.
Is Farberware Dishwasher Safe?
Whether or not Farberware is dishwasher safe depends on the material the product is made out of. Generally speaking, their stainless steel, ceramic, and aluminum cookware are marked “dishwasher safe.” However, this does not mean that you should put Farberware in the dishwasher.
In fact, pots and pans will last much longer when they are cleaned by hand. When it comes to nonstick pans, the excessively high drying temperatures and harsh cleaning agents in a dishwasher will take a toll on the nonstick coating. A similar problem occurs with ceramic cookware, as dishwashing detergents usually contain bleach or citric acids that are too harsh on the finish.
With aluminum pots and pans, if the material has not been anodized, the harsh detergents can cause corrosion and pitting. The first indication of this is white spots on the surface, which are a result of the alkalinity of the cleaning agent. Anodizing makes the material more durable and resistant to corrosion, but it means that special care must be taken to protect the surface from staining and scratching.
Therefore, even if your Farberware is labeled as “dishwasher safe,” it’s always best to wash by hand.
How to Properly Clean Farberware
To properly clean your Farberware, regardless of the material it is made out of, follow the tips outlined below:
1. Skip the Dishwasher
While we understand that pots and pans are quite the hassle to wash by hand, hand washing is well worth the extra steps. Even though Farberware may claim a product is dishwasher safe, we highly advise that no pot or pan should ever go in the dishwasher. Over time, the coating on your pans that prevents food from sticking will deteriorate because of the high temperatures and harsh detergents used in a dishwasher.
2. Clean Immediately After Use
Cleaning your pots and pans immediately after use ensures that the debris will wash away easily and not get stuck on the surface. If addressed right away, the non-stick nature of your cookware will prevent food from adhering. If you must, consider soaking your Farberware pot or pan in warm water for about ten minutes. This will loosen up any caked-on food or debris.
Then, pour out the water, add in about two to three inches of clean, warm water and some mild dish soap. Gently wipe the pan clean with a non-abrasive sponge, rinse with warm water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.
3. Avoid Abrasive Sponges
Steel wool and even the slightly-less-abrasive plastic scouring sponges can cause damage to your Farberware pan’s nonstick coating. In fact, you should steer clear of any abrasive cleaning materials, stiff scrubbing brushes, scouring pads, and anything metal. If needed, use a plastic or nylon scrub pad with mild pressure. Scrub in a circular motion to carefully dislodge any stuck-on debris.
4. Use Baking Soda
For especially stubborn stains, avoid any harsh household cleaners that contain corrosive acids. Instead, try making a paste with equal parts water and baking soda. Use a sponge to gently spread the paste all over the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, rub the mixture lightly, rinse with warm water, and dry the pan with a soft cloth.
Baking soda is an excellent, natural cleaning product that works wonders on removing burnt-on food and grease.
5. Try a “Cleaning Cocktail”
If you don’t find success with the baking soda, try this “cleaning cocktail” recommended by Farberware:
- Combine ½ cup of vinegar and 1 ½ cups of water in your pan.
- Cook this mixture over medium-high heat for about five to 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let the solution cool.
- Finish off by pouring out the “cocktail,” and washing the pan with warm water, a soft cloth, and mild dish soap.
6. Season Your Farberware
The term “seasoning” means applying a thin layer of oil to your non-stick pans to fill up the tiny pores in the surface and further prevent food from sticking to the surface. Properly seasoning your pans can reduce the need for adding fats and oils to the cooking process. While most Farberware don’t require seasoning, it can actually help maintain the effectiveness of the nonstick coating for longer.
To season Farberware:
- Wash your pan as normal with soapy warm water.
- Once dry, lightly rub canola or vegetable oil all over the surface of the pan.
- Heat the oiled pan over medium heat for one to two minutes.
- Once the pan cools down, wipe off the excess oil and you’re good to go!
7. Always Dry Thoroughly
Whether or not you choose to oil your Farberware cookware, always make sure that you dry it thoroughly before putting it away. If you stack various pots and pans together, lay a clean, dry cloth between each to prevent damage to their surfaces.
Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.
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