How to Clean a Burned, Non Stick Pan

By Kathryn Hatter

If you thought your nonstick pan would never have burnt-on food residue stuck to the interior bottom or sides, you may be dismayed to find a messy pan to clean after cooking. While the nonstick surface may release some foods more easily than other cooking surfaces, there will still be times when you have burned food residue on your nonstick pans. Clean a burned nonstick pan thoroughly after you use it to restore its former clean condition.

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Burned pot.
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Water boiling in pot and pan.

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of cool water and 2 tbsp. baking soda into the nonstick pan. Stir the ingredients well with the spoon.

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Pots on stove with lids.

Step 2

Place the pan onto the stove top and set the burner to medium. Heat the water and baking soda to a low simmer, and cook the liquid for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat when the time elapses.

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Baking soda on a spoon.

Step 3

Pour out the baking soda and water.

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Man washing dishes in kitchen sink.

Step 4

Fill a sink with warm water and add several squirts of dishwashing detergent to make sudsy water. Place the nonstick pan into the soapy water.

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Scrubbing burned pan.

Step 5

Scrub at the burnt food residue with the nylon scouring pad to remove all remnants of the burnt food. Continue scrubbing until you remove every bit of food.

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Pots and pans in kitchen sink with soap.

Step 6

Wash the pan with the dishcloth to finish cleaning it. Rinse the pan with warm water. Dry the pan with the dishtowel.

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Pan with oil.

Step 7

Place a small amount of general cooking oil onto a paper towel and rub the oiled paper towel over the interior surface of the pan to season it lightly.

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Pots and pans hanging in kitchen.

Step 8

Put the pan where you normally store it between uses.