How To Clean A Nonstick Pan & Burnt Pans And Pots

How to clean a nonstick pan

Having acquired your best nonstick pan, in case you followed our guide where we tried to bring the most famous and known to be quality nonstick pans that would make your cooking a breeze. Here we are to help you keep your pan last for a lifetime by showing you how to clean a nonstick pan & burnt nonstick pan. Let us forget about the stories of how the nonstick pans don’t last for so long; it always depended on how to clean and take care of your pan. Whenever I finish preparing my omelet or eggs in the morning using my nonstick pan, From the induction cooktop, I don’t merely just deep it into the dishwasher for cleaning!!!

It feels tiresome as I must do the handwashing, yet I have less time to catch the morning bus to work. Although some newer nonstick pans are dishwashable, it is highly recommendable never to put nonstick pans in the dishwasher. The reason being that high heat and harsh detergents can damage both the nonstick interior and the anodized exterior. Within a few years or even months, you will start to see scratches all over your pan yet it was once a glittering nonstick pan giving you the best meal you had ever wished before. For more safety, even when you are doing hand washing, I realized that its best never to use metal utensils as they can also cause scratches to your pan. Here we bring you the steps you need to follow when cleaning your nonstick pan.

What you need to clean the nonstick pan

  • Water
  • liquid dish soap or bar soap
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Vegetable oil or your preferred oil
  • Paper towel
  • Vinegar

Steps to follow when cleaning a nonstick pan

  1. Remove the residue

In case of sticky residue on the nonstick pan after frying your food, pour water on the pan, add 1/2 of vinegar or baking soda to the water in the pan. Place the nonstick pan to the cooker until the mixture boils. The residue rises on top of the liquid, pour away the mixture and leave the pan to cool down

  1. Scrubbing with a non-abrasive sponge

Forget about the dishwasher on this step let us do hand washing. On cooling down, get your pan and pour water onto it then add liquid soap and form a soapy form in the inside of the pan. Using your non-abrasive sponge start scrubbing your pan gently circular motion is preferred. Never use liquid soap used to clean surfaces or floors when cleaning the nonstick pan.

  1. Clean outside  of the pan too

Please turn to the outside, plus the handle and scrub them gently as the inside to remove dirt.

  1. Rinse the nonstick pan

If you are washing your pan under a tap, run water over your pan and check for any remaining, in case of any remains, pour some salt to that area and gently scrub not doing harder and then run water to it again.

  1. Drying the pan

It is time to dry your pan by either using a cotton wool towel or paper towel or some prefer hanging it somewhere for it to dry whatever you prefer.

  1. Seasoning the pan

When your pan is dry, to season your nonstick pan, pour a little vegetable oil or any cooking oil to the pan, then using a paper towel run it over the pan surface such that the oil is all over the pan. Using another paper towel, clean off the excess oil

  1. Store the pan

Hang back your nonstick pan to the rack.

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How to clean a burnt non stick pan and pot

How to clean a burnt non stick pan

Some times we accidentally overheat our nonstick pans, and they get burnt, do not rush to get a fork or a stick and start scratching off the stains. Here are some tricks on how you can clean off the burnt stains.

  • Detergent and hot water

Have come across many people who give this method a thumb because of its effectiveness and takes less time to remove stains.

Fill the pan with hot water, covering the entire burnt surface. Add a few drops of your dish wash detergent and stir to spread the foam over the water.

After that, place the nonstick induction cookware pan on the induction cooktop or any cooktop you have and bring the solution to boil.

After boiling for about 10 minutes, residues will are seen on top of the solution. Pour away the residue and start the cleaning.

  • Vineger and Bicarbonate.

Add enough warm water to your pan mostly concentrating on your burnt part, add 1 cup full of white vinegar into the water and stir gently to mix the ingredients.

Placing your pan on the cooktop and heating it, boil for 10 minutes, and then after adding some little baking soda to the mixture.

On baking soda reacting with vinegar, it will form bubbles and stains released from the surface.

The solution is left for about 10 minutes, and every stain will be removed and pour away the solution and use a non- abrasive sponge to clean the pan as I mentioned in my steps.

  • Salt Solution

With warm water on the surface of your pan pour hand full of salt to the water and stir the solution for the salt to dissolve in water.

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Leave the mixture for some time about 20 minutes and check back for any results. Pour away the solution and clean using detergent and the non-abrasive sponge.

If on clean some stains remained then you can make the same mixture on the pan and boil for 10 minutes. Then clean again with your sponge.

The salt solution is the cheapest way to clean your pan/pots and all the nonstick pans.

Video on how to clean a nonstick pan with ease

YouTube video


  1. Skip the dishwasher

Even when your nonstick pan manufacture says ‘dishwasher-safe,’ hot temperatures and harsh detergents will break down the surface of your pan. It is always a hustle to do hand washing, but you should get used to it.

  1. Do not keep your nonstick pan dirty.

For any sticky residue, carry out step one in our steps immediately. Then after it cools down, start the cleaning and then you are free to keep the pan.

  1. Don’t use abrasive and metal sponges.

These create scratches on the surface as the coating that is making your pan nonstick is removed; hence your food starts to stick on the pan surface.

  1. Do not forget to season your nonstick pan

Always season your pan after cleaning it and remember to dry it up before keeping it for the next day.

Also, Read;

  1. How to clean induction cooktop
  2. How to use a rice cooker


The cleaning process of your nonstick pan highly determines the performance, effectiveness, and longevity of your pan. Taking good care of your nonstick pan will significantly save you a lot more. Better than spending on the buying of a new pan.

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