Although non-stick pots and pans are much easier to use for cooking, they can be a challenge to keep clean. The non-stick layer is generally thin and easily damaged. Once scratches start appearing in the pan, the non-stick coating can start to flake away until you lose all of the benefits of the non-stick layer. Here are some tips for cleaning your non-stick cookware that will help preserve its usefulness.
How to Clean Non-Stick Cookware:
- Wash pans immediately after use. If this is not possible, soak the pans in plain water. Leaving food in the pan increases your risk of discoloration, which can be difficult to remove.
- Do not let cookware soak for long periods of time in sudsy water, or the non-stick coating could pick up the soapy flavor.
- Never use metal utensils or metal scouring pads with non-stick pots and pans. Nylon brushes or scrubbing sponges should be used with care. A soft cloth works best.
- Do not wash non-stick cookware in the dishwasher.
- If food does burn into your cookware, let a solution of equal parts of water and baking soda soak in the bottom of the pan. This should loosen the food without the need for heavy scrubbing.
- Be sure to remove all oil from the pan after using. These oils can soak into the pores of the pan, reducing the effectiveness of the non-stick coating.
- Dry thoroughly after cleaning with a soft cloth, to avoid staining.