21 November, 2019

How to clean nonstick pans (once and for all)

Best nonstick cookware takes painful cleanup out of the equation and makes cooking a whole lot smoother. You don’t need to use oil which means you’ll be cooking healthier meals.

But, on the other hand, nonstick cookware is pretty delicate. You have to be extra careful with it or else it may get damaged quickly. And in the world of nonstick cookware, damaged pot or pan qualifies as useless. If the coating is being scratched, toxins are freed and sent into the air and into your food. The damaged coating also means not non-stick anymore.

So if you want your nonstick cookware to last as long as possible, it’s time to learn how to clean nonstick pans. Here are some things to have in mind when cleaning nonstick pans.

How to clean nonstick pans – tips for everyday care

Compared to other types of cookware, including best stainless steel, nonstick is pretty delicate. The set of nonstick pots and pans lasts only for a few years, that is, if you know how to protect it. So, here are some rules for everyday care.

Deal with the problem right away

Do you know how great it feels when you clean your kitchen and dishes immediately after cooking that lunch? Well, keep doing that. This is arguably one of the best ways to clean nonstick pans because the food won’t get the chance to dry in the cookware.

Also, cleaning the dish immediately would be easy as pie. It requires removing the remaining food with a kitchen towel and then washing it with warm, soapy water.

What is important to remember (and apply from now on) is to ALWAYS DRY COOKWARE. This will ensure there is no rust and deposit on your cookware.

Try hand wash – oldie but goodie

Can you put nonstick pans in the dishwasher? This is one of the most common questions people ask (probably because they don’t like the answer so they are in the denial phase). But, once again, here is the answer to this question: NOPE. As mentioned, nonstick cookware is delicate. The detergent used in the dishwasher is aggressive and together with high temperature can damage the coating of your nonstick pan.

Another common point that people love to elaborate on is “But, the manufacturer labeled it as dishwasher safe.” First of all, we always recommend hand washing as putting the nonstick cookware in the dishwasher can drastically shorten its lifespan. Second, you can wash it in the dishwasher if you know for sure that it won’t affect the lifespan of the cookware.

Choose gentle cleaning

Abrasive cleaners and metal scouring pads are not good options for cleaning nonstick pans because they are too strong. Also, harsh cleaners such as those made for cleaning ovens should be avoided. All of these can damage the surface of your nonstick pot and pan.

Using a mild detergent, warm water, and soft sponge should do the trick and clean your nonstick cookware.

Add some oil

Although nonstick cookware requires very little oil to no oil, it will perform better if you season it. Make sure to add a few drops of oil to the cookware before and after use. This can help protect it from scratching.

Keep it safe

The last thing to have in mind regarding the question of how to clean nonstick pans is storage. When no longer needed, store your nonstick cookware somewhere safe. Don’t place pots and pans over one another as this can increase the risk of them getting scratched. Also, use a kitchen towel or microfiber cloth to cover the bottom of the cookware and prevent scratches.

How to clean nonstick pans – FAQ

Here you’ll find the most common questions on cleaning nonstick pans. Cleaning this type of cookware may be easy, but there are some things to have in mind otherwise you may have to throw the cookware away. So, read these answers and learn how to clean nonstick pans.

  • Are nonstick pans dishwasher safe?

Most of them aren’t even if the label says they are. It’s best to hand wash nonstick cookware because it will last you longer that way.

  • How to clean a burnt nonstick pan?

You can use baking soda to clean the burnt food on your nonstick cookware. Just be sure not to scrub the pan because the soda is abrasive. Instead, form a paste of water and baking soda and dab the pan with a soft sponge. Leave it like that for 20-30 minutes. Then run under tap water and use detergent to clean the cookware completely. Dry it with a soft cloth.

  • How to clean baked on grease from nonstick pans?

Add 1dl vinegar and 3dl water to the pan. Heat over medium temperature for five minutes then allows it to cool. Wash with mild detergent, warm water, and a soft sponge. Dry with microfiber cloth immediately.

  • What type of kitchen utensils should I use on nonstick cookware?

Metal utensils should not be used on nonstick pots and pans. Try silicone or wooden utensils.

  • Can I use nonstick on high heat?

Nonstick cookware is not designed for high temperatures. It’s best for low and medium heat. High heat can cause discoloration and decrease nonstick properties.

  • My nonstick pan has lost its nonstick power. What do I do?

Over time, and especially after frequent use, nonstick cookware may lose its nonstick properties due to grease buildup. In this case, you have to do a little cleanup and season it. Add 1 cup water, 2 Tbsp. baking soda and ½ vinegar to the cookware. Let it boil for 5 minutes and then set it aside to cool. After some time, wash the cookware as usual. The last step is to rub the oil on the cookware to bring its nonstick power back.

The bottom line

Well, we hope this article helped you learn how to clean nonstick pans as well as enjoy your pots and pans for longer. Keep in mind to take good care of your nonstick arsenal and you will find your cookware performing to their best. Be kind to your cookware and store it with love. In case nonstick properties are gone, you now know how to bring it back.

Vilma A. Stepp

Vilma is our regular writer with 7 years of experience publishing on many online resources. She writes every day which allows her to learn a lot. Vilma adores her home and loves periodically updating the interior.

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