How to Remove Burnt Food in a Non Stick Pan

Written by kathryn hatter
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you 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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

Tips and warnings

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

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