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Is this a crazy thing to do?!


Veteran Member
Jun 29, 2005
Last night at my show, my cousin told me that she washes her stones in the dishwasher without soap! It's kind of a neat idea, but I really love my stones and am too afraid to risk it. Anyone ever heard of doing that?


Veteran Member
Silver Member
Jan 4, 2005
Ive never thought of that...I had to read your post twice before I caught the "without soap". So she is just cleaning them with hot hot water and steam...I don't see why it would be a problem, just I'm wondering does it get them "too" clean...does it take away the seasoning? Why run the dishwasher when all we have to do is rinse them under hot water to start with! Thats one of the best things about a stone!


Advanced Member
Oct 7, 2005
there are other posts on here about this. HO says NOT to do this EVER.. says that the drastic temperatures might damage the stone. and if it was ruined by doing this, they'd lose their warranty on it. it takes more effort to put them into the dishwasher then to run the hot water and a scraper over it.. and she's gambling with her stones.. which is something i'd never do with mine! for more information you might want to search through the posts to find the other threads on this.


Gold Member
Jan 26, 2006
I do this with my stones, just not every time I wash them. About once every 6 months or so, I toss them in the dishwasher with no soap. I only run them through the rinse cycle, and on the lowest temperature. Once in a while, I will have a greasy icky schmutz on the bottoms of my stones, so I do this to get that off. None of my stones are under warranty, so I am not concerned with the warranty issue. It does not take the seasoning off. Some of my stones are almost black!!

I would never recommend my customers to do this, especially if they still have their warranties!
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Legend Member
Gold Member
Jan 21, 2005
The test kitchens and the use and care card say to NEVER wash your stones in the dishwasher. It could cause thermal shock and then the next time you use them in the oven - crack! It also gets rid of that seasoning that we work so hard to get on our stones.


Legacy Member
Silver Member
Apr 13, 2004
One other issue...

Deterioration of the stone itself. With the power of the jets in the dishwasher, you wash away part of the stone. The jets in a normal dishwasher are strong enough to errode the stone. This would void the warranty. Also, it will oversoak the stone. If you use it before letting it air dry for 24 hours, you risk "water logged stoneware cracking". The water stays in the stone after you wash it. With the dishwasher, you are forcing even more water into the stone than you would by simply running it under the tap. You have to make sure the stone is dry when you place it in the oven or the water in the stone can over heat the stone and crack it.
Sorry, warranty or no warranty, the stuff is too expensive to keep replacing because you won't follow the instructions. Very stringent testing was done on those stones before the use & care was written so they know what they are talking about. Just like using a hairdryer in the running shower. You wouldn't ignore those "DO NOT DO THIS" instructions just because its easier to do your hair in the shower now would you?
Shocking, simply shocking!
No set of instructions with any of our products was written for the health of the test kitchen. It was for our customers so they get the most out of their products. However, you can't make them follow those instructions. So say it once, if a problem comes up after misuse, well, let them call the homeoffice to explain why it broke.
Jan 21, 2006
Stones in the Dishwasher NO

I have a different reason not to put your stones in the dishwasher. I used to work in the repair dept. of an Appliance store.

Most people use too much soap in there Dishwasher's. Even if you don't put soap in it before the cycle there is still soap in the dishwasher. (The number 1 reason Dishwashers leak is over sudsing or too much soap). So your still getting the dreaded soap on your stones.

Side note: To prevent over sudsing in your dishwashers and Washing machines clean them with white viniger! In your emptied Dishwasher add 1cup when you hear the water come in to the tub and run it through a full cycle. (Many Dishwashers start with a drain cycle to remove the water keeping the seals moist) For your Washing machines add 1-2cups just as you would soap and run it thourgh an empty cycle. Do this 2-4 times a year to prevent build up.

I saved a lot of poeple a lot of money with these tips. ;)