How to remove melted plastic from nonstick cookware

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How to remove melted plastic from nonstick cookware
Carefully remove melted plastic from non-stick pans to prevent damaging the coating. (pot image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

An unattended spatula, spoon or lid can leave messy melted plastic inside non-stick cookware. If the melted plastic is not removed, the non-stick pan could be ruined. Several methods remove melted plastic from non-stick cookware without damaging the non-stick coating. Because melted plastic is more difficult to remove after it hardens, act quickly to save your non-stick pans.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Wooden spoon or plastic spatula
  • Baking soda

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Instructions

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    Soak a soft cloth or paper towel with nail polish remover.

  2. 2

    Gently rub the melted plastic with nail polish remover to dissolve the melted plastic. Repeat as necessary until all of the plastic is removed.

  3. 3

    Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.

  1. 1

    Add 1 tbsp baking soda and enough water to cover the plastic to the pan.

  2. 2

    Heat the water to a simmer and continue heating until the plastic has loosened.

  3. 3

    Scrape the plastic off the pan with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula. Repeat as necessary until the plastic has been removed.

  4. 4

    Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.

  1. 1

    Place the pan in the freezer until the plastic has frozen, making it brittle and easier to remove.

  2. 2

    Scrape the plastic with a wooden spoon or hard plastic spatula until it has all been removed. Repeat as necessary.

  3. 3

    Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove melted plastic from your non-stick cookware as soon as possible, before it hardens.
  • When using any of these methods, treat the pan carefully to prevent damaging the non-stick coating.

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