How to clean a non-stick burnt pot

Updated February 21, 2017

Non-stick cookware defies its own name when covered in burnt liquids or foods, yet scouring pads will scratch the non-stick coating from your pots and pans when used to remove the crusty mess. Use clean, crumpled nylon tights as a safe alternative to harmful scouring pads and rely on ordinary kitchen ingredients to remove burnt food from non-stick cookware. Prevent this from happening in the future by lightly coating the non-stick pan in olive or vegetable oil before use.

Boil 250 ml (1 cup) of water, 125 ml (1/2 cup) of white distilled vinegar and 30 ml (2 tbsp) of baking soda in the burnt pan for 10 minutes. This will lift and loosen stubborn foods and stains.

Pour out the contents of the cookware, and scrub it with nylon tights or a non-abrasive sponge in warm water and washing-up liquid.

Rinse the pan in warm water. If any burnt food remains, cover it in baking soda and dampen the coating of baking soda with water. Allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes; longer if desired.

Scrub the baking soda around the pan with a non-abrasive sponge, and rinse it once the food has completely lifted.

Clean the non-stick cookware with your regular washing-up liquid, rinse it, and dry as usual.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge or nylon tights
  • Washing-up liquid
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