How to remove buildup on nonstick pans

Non-stick pans provide a cooking surface that keeps foods from sticking. Sometimes, build-up can form on the inside of the pan, which will interfere with cooking. Grease, cooking spray, burnt-on food and other gunk can ruin the non-stick surface if left untreated. Clean build-up from your non-stick pans the appropriate way to ensure you get the gunk off without damaging the coating in the process.

Fill the pan with water so all of the build-up is covered. Add ½ cup distilled white vinegar.

Put the pan on the stove and bring the liquid to a boil. Once it boils, let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until you see that all the build-up is gone and has floated to the top.

Dump the liquid and build-up from the pan. Wash the pan with a non-abrasive nylon scrubbing pad and hot, soapy water. Rinse and dry the pan thoroughly.

Fill the pan with water and 1 tbsp of powdered dishwasher detergent if build-up remains. Bring the liquid to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Wash the pan thoroughly with a nylon scrubbing pad and hot, soapy water.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • Non-abrasive nylon scrubbing pad
  • Dish soap
  • 1 tbsp powdered dishwasher detergent
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