How to Clean Non-Stick Pans to Keep Them in Good Condition

Today, I'm going to walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to clean non-stick pans to keep them in top condition. When it comes to cooking, there's nothing quite like a good non-stick pan.

It can make all the difference between an effortless stir-fry and a burnt mess. But even the best non-stick pans can lose their effectiveness if they're not properly cared for.

Tools and materials

  • Warm water
  • A soft sponge or non-abrasive cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Towel for drying
Filling the sink with warm water

Step 1: Fill Your Sink with Warm Water

First things first, plug your sink and fill it up with warm water. You don't need scalding hot water; lukewarm to warm will do the trick. You'll want enough water to submerge your pan fully, but don't put the pan in just yet!

Applying dish soap to a soft sponge

Step 2: Prepare Your Sponge and Dish Soap

While your sink is filling up, grab your soft sponge or non-abrasive cloth and a bottle of dish soap. Keep them within arm's reach, so you don't have to scrounge around for them when you're in the middle of cleaning.

Wiping off debris and oil

Step 3: Gently Wipe Off Debris or Oils

Before submerging your pan, use the soft sponge to gently wipe off any debris, bits of food, or oils from the surface. You can use a small amount of dish soap at this point to help break down greasy residue.

Step 4: Submerge Your Pan in the Warm Water

Now, place your pan into the sink filled with warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes. This will help soften up any stubborn grime that didn't come off during your initial wipe-down.

Cleaning with dish soap and a soft sponge

Step 5: Clean With Dish Soap and Soft Sponge

After your pan has soaked for a bit, take your soft sponge, apply some dish soap, and gently scrub the surface of the pan. Remember, never use a rough scrubber or steel wool as this can remove the non-stick coating and effectively ruin your pan.

Rinsing with warm water

Step 6: Rinse with Warm Water

Once you're satisfied that your pan is clean, remove it from the sink and rinse it under warm water. Make sure to wash off all the soap to avoid any soapy taste the next time you cook.

Drying the pan immediately

Step 7: Dry Immediately

To finish, use a towel to dry your pan immediately. This is essential for avoiding water spots, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Ensure that your pan is completely dry before you store it.

What Not to Do:

Don't Use Rough Scrubbers

These can remove the non-stick coating, turning your perfect pan into a regular, sticky one.

Don't put rough scrubbers in the dishwasher

Don't Put It in the Dishwasher

Non-stick pans generally aren't dishwasher safe, and the strong detergents and high heat can ruin the coating.

How to clean non-stick pans

There you have it, a complete guide on how to clean non-stick pans. With just a little bit of time and the proper technique, you can keep your non-stick pans in tip-top shape for years to come.

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