How To Clean Nonstick Cookware

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware

Nonstick cookware has gained popularity in the past few decades, because of its convenience and ease of use. It is very important to know how to clean non-stick cookware correctly so that it lasts long. The following are some effective ways of cleaning non-stick cookware:

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware- Manual Methods

Hand cleaning can be done in cases where there is light soiling on the cookware. If the pans are heavily soiled, they may require a dishwasher or an automatic dishwashing machine for thorough cleaning. Hand washing should always be followed by rinsing and wiping with a soft, dry cloth to prevent spotting.

Cleaning with Cooking Oil

Coat the nonstick pan with cooking oil and place it on low heat for a few minutes, to loosen all dirt and residues. Remove the pan from heat and wipe off the oil and any stains with a soft sponge dipped in warm water- do not use dishwashing liquid or detergent. You can also use a commercial degreaser or a non-abrasive cleaner for this task.

Scrubbing with Salt

This is one of the cheapest and effective ways to clean non-stick cookware, especially if it has lost its shine due to excessive use. Salty scrubbers are available in supermarkets; they are gentle on the surface, yet tough enough to remove stubborn stains and residues. Sprinkle a handful of salt into the pan. Pour some water or white vinegar over it and let the mixture stand for 15-20 minutes, then scrub with a soft sponge dipped in warm water to remove residues.

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If you have a nonstick cookware set, then there are chances that some pans are dishwasher safe, while others aren’t. The manufacturer’s instructions should be checked before cleaning any non-stick cookware in a dishwasher. If you accidentally soak your nonstick pan with water or soap, don’t try to dry it over high heat on the stovetop or in an oven. This can damage the surface of your cookware, and make it lose its non-stick properties over time.

Finally, never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool scourers to clean nonstick cookware; this will permanently damage the surface. Replace any scratched or chipped pans at once, as these defects can cause food to stick. While storing your cookware, always remember to place a paper towel between stacked pans and lids. This will prevent them from scratching each other while in storage.

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware- Dishwasher Methods

Pans that are dishwasher safe can be placed on the top rack of the machine for cleaning. Scrub any heavily soiled areas with a sponge before placing the pan in the dishwasher. Dishwashers clean non-stick pans more thoroughly than manual methods, so you can skip steps like rinsing and soaking. When the cycle is complete, always wipe your cookware dry to prevent spotting.

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware- Oven Methods

It is not advisable to clean non-stick cookware in an oven, because it could damage the surface by exposing it to extremely high temperatures. This method should only be used for cleaning cast iron and other similar types of pans.

To clean your non-stick cookware in an oven:

1. Remove any handles and knobs from the cookware. If there is a removable plastic or wooden handle, take it off and set it aside in a safe place

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

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3. Put aluminum foil on the bottom of an oven-proof pan [or use a metal rack] so that the water condensation will not damage the surface of the cookware.

4. Place the cookware on the aluminum foil or rack.

5. Put the pan in the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.

6. After ten minutes, turn off the oven but leave the pan inside until it cools to room temperature. Then remove it from the oven.

7. Wipe clean.

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware- Soaking Methods

Soaking is generally not recommended for non-stick cookware, because it can cause food particles to get stuck between the gaps in the pan’s surface. But if you do decide to soak your nonstick pans, here are some tips:

1. Fill the pan with warm water and let it soak for about 15-20 minutes.

2. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid or soap to break the oil film between food particles, so that they float up to the surface.

3. Use a sponge or dish brush to remove food residue from the pan. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap.

How To Clean Nonstick Cookware- Baking Soda Method

Use this method if you are dealing with really tough grease or baked-on food residue. It should only be used for cast iron and other types of nonstick cookware which should not come in contact with soap.

1. Fill the pan with warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid or soap.

2. add baking soda until the water turns foamy, then scrub with a non-abrasive pad (e.g., Scotch-Brite). If you don’t have a scouring pad, you can use steel wool instead. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soapy particles.

Conclusion

Remember that with anything, always use caution. If you are unsure about how to clean your non-stick pans, look for the manufacturer’s instructions beforehand.

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Avoid using steel wool which is one of the most abrasive cleaners when it comes to non-sticks or stainless steel. Never submerge your cookware in water if it has wooden or plastic handles, as it will cause damage.

Non-stick cookware is certainly a great time saver and easy to clean, but try to avoid using metal utensils such as spoons and spatulas as these can easily scratch the surface of non-sticks over time. Another thing to be careful about is high heat; for instance, one should never heat an empty pan as this can cause damage to the non-stick surface.

We hope you have enjoyed reading the article, and we encourage you to view our site for tips and tricks on How To Clean Non-Stick Cookware (and other waterless cookware).

Walter Gallagher
Walter Gallagher

Walter Gallagher is the editor in chief and lead recipe developer at Iron Door Saloon. He’s passionate about helping people create a healthy, flavorful life for themselves with easy-to-follow recipes, smart food swaps, and new cooking techniques.

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