We all know it’s much easier to wash things up straight after use that it is to leave them for cleaning later, but that doesn’t mean we act on it. Leaving things to clean later all too often means we’re left with things like stuffing that’s solidified like concrete on the edge of a Pyrex bowl or a soup flask that is clinging to the residue for dear life. Making the effort to clean them quickly after use is essential unless you enjoy putting in the elbow grease to scrub them clean.

The Appeal Of The Dishwasher

It’s the fact that we all know this, and the fact that we all know we’re a bit lazy and would rather not put the effort in, that dishwashers hold such great appeal. Being able to just thrown the dirty pots, pans and dishes into the machine and leave it to clean is a godsend in busy households, and inevitably our readers want to know if they can do the same with their soup makers too.

That’s the big reason that many of us opt for dishwashers in our homes. The convenience they offer over washing up by hand is significant, so it’s no surprise that readers of our site often want to know if soup washers can be cleaned by their dishwasher.

Electrics And Water Don’t Mix

At the moment, the unfortunate answer is no. In order to be safe in a dishwasher, the electronic components would need to be watertight, and every model we’ve checked is clearly marked along the lines of the opposite. That tends to be a warning along the lines of ‘Do not immerse’ or even more directly, ‘Do not place in the dishwasher’. It’s not something that’s wise to try your luck with either, as we’re taught as kids – water and electricity are a bad combination!

Even though there are some models with parts that contain no electronic parts, for example when the lid comes away from the body of the soup maker with the blade, some materials suffer badly from the heat of a dishwasher. The best advice it to avoid placing soup maker parts in the dishwasher altogether.

Hand Washing Means A Long Life For Your Soup Machine

While it’s probably not the answer you were looking for, it’s not a disaster. As we said at the beginning, prompt cleaning after use is really easy – it’s only when the mess inside dries hard that you get problems and the job gets harder. If you really need to leave it for later, why not fill the soup maker with water until you get time to clean it to prevent it all drying out?

What’s more, some units even have a dedicated programme to clean them or make it easier, so have a read through your manual that came in the box, as that’ll really help along the way. If may not be quite as good as a dishwasher, not it’s better than nothing!