How to Clean Burnt Food Off Non-Stick Frying Pans

Updated February 21, 2017

Forgetting to grease the bottom of a non-stick frying pan can be a big mistake, especially if your food burns and then sticks to the bottom. Soaking the pan in hot, soapy water may not be enough to remove the food from your non-stick frying pan. You may still be able to save your frying pan using a household product and the right cleaning method,

Fill the non-stick frying pan about half way with water.

Place the frying pan on the stove and turn the stove on until the water begins to boil. Then, turn the stove off.

Scrape the bottom of the frying pan with a plastic kitchen scraper. Since the water will still be incredibly hot, you may want to wear a glove while doing this.

Dump the water into your sink and then place the frying pan in the sink.

Put one cup of undiluted white vinegar and one to two tablespoons of degreasing liquid dish soap into the frying pan.

Fill the frying pan with hot water.

Allow the solution to sit inside the non-stick frying pan for 30 minutes.

Scrape the bottom of the non-stick frying pan once more. Then, empty the pan and examine the bottom of the pan. If there is still food stuck onto the pan, repeat the process starting at step five.

Place a tablespoon of the liquid dish soap into the pan and then wipe the bottom of the pan with a non-scratch brush or sponge.

Rinse the frying pan with hot water.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Non-scratch scrubbing brush
  • Plastic kitchen scraper
  • Degreasing liquid dish soap
  • Undiluted white vinegar
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