How to Remove Burnt Food in a Non Stick Pan

Non-stick cookware isn't a guarantee against food getting stuck on your pots and pans. When used at high temperatures, even non-stick cookware can accumulate burnt food on the surface. Remove burnt food from a pan easily and quickly by using a few simple household ingredients.

Remove as much of the burnt food as you can with the rubber spatula and the nylon scrubber.

Mix together 3 tbsp of chlorine bleach, 1 tbsp of dish soap and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Stir well.

Pour the bleach mixture into the non-stick pan and allow it to soak for one hour.

Discard the mixture and use the nylon scrubber to remove remnants of the burnt food from the non-stick pan.

Wash the non-stick pan a final time with the dish soap. Rinse the pan and dry it thoroughly with a towel.

Pour approximately 1 tsp of cooking oil onto the paper towel. Wipe the non-stick surface of the pan with the oiled paper towel to recondition the pan before putting it away.


Never use metal utensils or scrubbing tools to remove burnt food from non-stick pans. The metal will harm the non-stick finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-stick pan
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Rubber spatula
  • Dishcloth
  • Dishtowel
  • Cooking oil
  • Paper towel
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