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How to remove melted plastic from nonstick cookware

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Lane Madison

Lane Madison is a freelance writer and editor with over eight years experience as a corporate paralegal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and English and a paralegal certificate. Her writing has been published on various websites.

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