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Nov 1, 2006 10:03 PM

Teflon in the dishwasher?

My mother in law jumped all over me for putting one of her teflon pots in the dishwasher. I always thought teflon was dishwasher safe, but she says it makes the coating come off. She is usually a complete idiot, so I thought I would ask you all what you thought.....teflon, go or no go, in the dishwasher?

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  1. Think Calfalon says no-no to its teflon in the dishwasher. Why on earth would you put them in there, anywhere, when they're so easy to clean up? Some soap, a swish with a brush or plastic dobie type sponge, and you're clean. That's what teflon supposed to be about, isn't it? By the way, don't heat any teflon pan over 300 degrees F, it supposedly can release bad fumes.

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    1. re: EclecticEater

      The "bad gas" myth has been thoroughly debunked but continues to be spread by some Chicken Little types. The manufacturing process for coating pans involves heating them well above 600 degrees and any gases vaporize then. If you catch the pan on fire, you have a bigger problem than fumes.

      1. re: MakingSense

        The "bad gas" talk has been debunked? Do you have a citation for that?

    2. I would never put any pan in the dishwasher and putting a Teflon pan in the dishwasher is a recipe for duster. The soap used in dishwashers is extremely alkaline and is very destructive to any pots and pans.

      Teflon should be cleaned with a dishrag or a soft nylon brush.

      BTW. I hope that your MIL doesn't read this board or your X-mas might have to be very generous to get back on her good side.

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          1. re: Ora

            That link is right on. Essentially, it gives the results of tests performed by folks who have studied chemistry, developed analytical techniques, and in general, cognitive-associative-based, creative abilities, all at the university level, as opposed to Martha Stewart, the folks who contribute to Time Magazine, and other peoples who specialize in dupping the ignorant.

            By the way, Teflon is usually studied in a first course in organic chemistry, taken at the university level. Basically, it's so non-reactive that you can store fluorine gas in a Teflon-lined container. (Fluorine gas is so reactive that it dissolves glass, and so can't be stored in a glass jar, unlike most caustic chemicals.)

          2. Nothing wrong with putting teflon in the DW. DO not put Calphalon and other anodized pans in there though. It is bad for their finish.