How to Clean Non-stick Frying Pans

Updated February 21, 2017

Non-stick frying pans are usually made from a material known as Teflon. Non-stick frying pans are becoming more popular today because it takes less time to clean them than a regular stainless-steel frying pan, and you don't have the hassle of burnt-on food being difficult to remove. Cleaning these kinds of frying pans is straightforward and simple, but when you do get food burnt on the surface, it takes a bit of extra time to fully clean the surface.

Soak the non-stick frying pan in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes if there is food stuck or burnt on the pan. This will soften the food, making it easier to scrape off.

Use a wooden spatula to scrape off food residue.

Put two drops of mild dish detergent onto the washcloth or soft sponge. Run a bit of warm water into the pan.

Gently scrub the pan with the sponge until there is no food or oily residue on the frying pan. Rinse the pan with warm water until there are no more soap bubbles on the pan.


Never use an abrasive material on non-stick pans. It will scratch the coating and ruin the pan.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden spatula or spoon
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Washcloth or soft sponge
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