I use good-quality All-Clad and LeCreuset cookware. I never put a dirty pot or pan into the dishwasher; the heat bakes it on permanently. Instead, if a pot has food caked on, I fill it with the hottest tap water and dish soap and allow it to soak in the sink overnight. In the morning, the pots come out clean with either a sponge or a quick steel scrubber. My cookware is expensive but I take good care of it and so far, many of the pans have lasted for almost 40 years!