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How to Clean Nonstick Pans Properly

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It is much easier to cook with nonstick pans. However, are you cleaning them correctly? I don’t think so. That’s fine! It took us a while to figure it out too. A little experimentation yielded a foolproof method for cleaning non-stick cookware so they can last for years.

What You Need to Know About Cleaning Nontick Cookware

Nonstick pans and pots have become common household items. It is possible to cook food without using olive oil, butter, or any other fat. Nonstick pans are convenient, but you need to know how to clean them properly. We believe you should care for your nonstick pans just as you would a cast iron one. The reason is that nonstick cookware lasts for at least five years when well taken care of.

We also have compiled a guide that will help you choose the highly rated nonstick pans, if you are looking for the best one.

Keep in mind: the purpose of non-stick is to prevent your food from sticking to the pan while you are cooking! You can ruin the non stick quality of your pans by making simple cleanup mistakes, especially when cleaning frying pans. Who wants that?

There’s no need to worry – hand washing non-stick pans is easy. It takes just a few minutes to complete and requires only some household supplies. Additionally, you do not have to thoroughly clean your nonstick every time. It is important to sufficiently clean your nonstick pan more often in order to prevent the coating from eroding. Additionally, your pan will be polished and mark-free! 

A Guide to Claning Nonstick Pans

You Can Skip the Dishwasher

Washing by hand can be a hassle. Even though it takes just a few seconds more to prepare after a meal, it is worth it.

Since many nonstick pans are made from different materials, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions. However, I don’t think any pan should be put in the dishwasher. When they are cleaned by hand, they last much longer.

The coating that makes it easy for your seared salmon to slide right out can deteriorate quicker under the high heat and harsh conditions of the hands-off appliance. Despite the fact that your nonstick pan says ‘dishwasher safe,’ hot temperatures and harsh detergents will damage the surface.

Soak in Hot Soapy Water and Clean Immediately

Think quickly. As long as you clean the pans right away, most debris will be washed away. Nonstick qualities that prevent most food from adhering also prevent debris from adhering if you deal with it immediately. Make sure to use a dish soap that cuts grease. Wash both the inside and outside of the pan with soap, water, and a microfiber cloth.

Metal and Abrasive Pads Should Be Avoided

Steel wool and even those slightly weaker plastic scouring pads can do a lot of damage to your pan’s nonstick coating.

Avoid scratchy pads, as well as stiff scrubbing brushes (such as those with soap dispenser handles and scouring sponge brushes). The above advice should prevent you from needing them. Metal should not be used on nonstick surfaces. It is better for me to use Skoy cloths and Skoy pads instead.

Cleaning with Baking Soda Will Remove Grease and Grime

Try an all-natural alternative to harsh household cleaners (like Comet), which contain corrosive acids. You should combine baking soda with olive oil or water until it resembles toothpaste. It is a great option for green cleaning and is even effective at removing burnt-on grease.

Try a “Cleaning Cocktail.”

Cookware company Farberware recommends using a “cleaning cocktail” to get rid of cooked-on schmutz and stains.

  • To your nonstick pan, add 1 ½   cups vinegar and 1 ½   cups water.
  • Cook for 5 to 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • “Cocktail” should be allowed to cool.
  • You should wash the pan with warm water, gentle dish soap, and a microfiber cloth.

Oil Up

Like the Tin Man, your cooking tools will benefit from a little lubrication.

A rub of oil before and after using a nonstick pan can help protect the surface. Cast iron doesn’t require seasoning. The recommended dose is between a teaspoon and a half-tablespoon.

Dry Thoroughly

Once your pan has been oiled, dry it completely and store it safely. If you’re stacking the nonstick pans together, place a dry, clean washcloth or dish towel (or one of these reusable paper towels!) between each to prevent scratching.


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