Today we are going to tell you about how to clean nonstick pans. More or less in every home kitchen, nonstick pans are standard for cooking meals. If you have no nonstick pans, then you must buy it. Nonstick pans or cookware will provide you chef-quality output more than your expectations. Therefore, take care of nonstick pans in a proper way is essential for keeping them perfect. Most of us use some common cleaning methods but in the wrong direction. Some silly mistakes will damage your pan status. We try to give you some best ways of cleaning nonstick pans with some easy tips and tricks. Maintaining some basic cleaning rules, you can use your cookware for a long time.

Before going in the detail, discussion let’s know some necessary steps of how to clean nonstick pans-

For the First Time Use

After buying a new pan, you should clean it thoroughly before your first use. Unbox your pan and wash it with lukewarm soapy water. Clean the soapy matter with fresh old water completely and dry it properly. You can wait for drying of the pan, or you can soak the water from pan with a soft cotton towel. This is a regular practice for using any cookware in your kitchen.

Five Simple Steps of Cleaning

It’s essential to let the cookware cool entirely before washing; immersing a hot pan in cold water could permanently warp and ruin it.

1. Let the Pan Cool

After finish, you’re cooking, let the pots cool completely. Most of us make the same mistake that we quickly start washing the pan immediately after cooking. Coldwater on the hot surface can damage your nonstick pan surface. So, be careful about it.

2. Always Use your Hand    

The best way of cleaning nonstick pans is to use a hand. Always try to avoid any cleaning scrubber for your utensils. Use warm soapy water and your hand to wash the dirty pan. Another important thing is that use the best quality dishwasher. The low-quality dishwasher can damage your pan surface. For example, always avoid bleach, rough cleansers, or any harmful chemical to clean your nonstick pans.

3. Scrub Gently

Always scrub your dirty pans gently with a soft spongy scrubber. Before we say, hand washing is safer than any other scrubber. But if there is heavy dirt, then you can use a sponge scrubber, soft cotton cloth, or nylon net pad, etc. Don’t use hard or rough scrubber like steel made scrubber, hard brushes, etc. When you feel that your pan has scorching dirt on it then, soak it into the water for a long time. It will help to remove dirt easily. For better cleaning, you can scrub your pan twice.  

4. Wash with Clean Water

Make sure that the pans wash thoroughly with clean cold water. Try to wash pans two or three times with a good amount of water. If there is remain any sort of soapy material, it will not be hygienic for the next cooking session. So, recheck the pan carefully.

5. Let the Pan Dry

The last step is to dry the pan completely. You can dry your pan by hanging it in the kitchen or use a soft cotton towel for a soak all liquids. If you need the pot immediately after cleaning, then use your kitchen towel to dry it quickly.

Different Methods of Cleaning

Baking Soda

The most effective and popular method of how to clean nonstick pans is using baking soda. For quick and better results, you should try this method in your kitchen. Moreover, baking soda is a prevalent ingredient of a kitchen. If you don’t have, then from now have it always. Besides any backing purpose, this ingredient will act as a suitable cleaning agent for your nonstick pans. This method is also famous for its cheap rate and easy availability.

For this method you need-

-Baking soda (amount as required)


First, you have to make a paste with these two ingredients. Add baking soda and water as a 3:1 ratio. Apply the paste on the pan and leave it for 15-20min. Then scrub the pan with a soft sponge. You can apply this method after a heavy cooking period because your pans become dirty after so many cooking complete. However, this method is the best one for cleaning heavy dirt and spots of your nonstick pans.


Rinsing with salt is the cheapest method we ever say. For this method you need-


-Coconut Oil

– Soft Paper Towel

Add some coconut oil in the pan and heat the pan in medium heat for some time. Then add a significant amount of salt on the pan. Wipe up the oil and salt with a soft paper towel. Keep in mind an important point that when you wipe the pan, use your hand in a motion direction. In this method, salt acts as a scrubbing agent. You should be very careful about this technique because rough wiping can damage your pan surface.

Tomato Ketchup

Ketchup as a cleaning agent! Sounds weird? But trust us, it will work. Though it is an expensive method, it will work great for a burnt pan. Moreover, Tomato ketchup is also a very common ingredient for every kitchen. For this method you need-

-Tomato ketchup

-Paper Towel

For this method, you have to add some ketchup on the pan. Cover the pan surface completely with ketchup and left it for the whole night. This is a time-consuming method, but it works! Tomorrow morning clean your pan with clean water. The acidic tomato works well for the burnt area.

Lemon Juice or Vinegar

Vinegar is another expensive cleaning agent. Instead of vinegar, you can use lemon juice as well. Add vinegar or lemon juice with the dishwasher on the bottom of your pan. Let the pan soak for some time. Then rinse the pot with cold freshwater. 

Bonus Tips for Nonstick Pan

-Never use metal utensils on the nonstick pan surface. The wrong use of utensils will damage the nonstick coating of the pan.

-Don’t cook or bake with very high temperatures for a long time. High heat also destroys your pan surface.

-Store the nonstick pans in a proper way and a suitable place.  

-Always dry the pan before your farther use.

Final Words   

Pick one method that is suitable for your cleaning purpose from above. If you wish, you can use all of them as far as your requirements. Which method will ideal for you is dependent on your demanding situation. But our final suggestion is that try to follow the rules of using nonstick pans strictly. This will extend your pan’s longevity.

Keep cooking healthy foods and stay healthy!