Cleaning non-stick cookware and bake ware that's oily and recently used

Cleaning non-stick cookware and bakeware can be difficult as these kitchen wares can easily get scratched and damaged.

In my research, I have found that no matter what type or brand of non-stick cookware you want to clean you should always clean it the same way to avoid scratching. The methods that our grandmas and their grandmas used still work today.

With that being said,  you should try to avoid using the dishwasher for non-stick cookware as much as possible. Even if the manufacturer says your cookware is dishwasher-safe, the non-stick properties of the cookware will deteriorate faster when exposed to hot water and harsh detergent on a regular basis.

Here are the proper steps to hand wash your non-stick cookware.

Cleaning Non-Stick Cookware Immediately

Once you’re done with your cookware, wash them immediately to avoid food residue from caking or sticking.

Don’t Use Metal Scourers

Instead of abrasive scourers, use a safe, non-scratch scourer pad to clean stubborn food residue. These nylon mesh cloths are tougher and can clean just as better as metal scourers.

Use Salt, Vinegar or Baking Soda

If the damage is not too bad then you can use soap and water to clean your cookware. Otherwise, you can use the grandma-approved cleansers for cleaning non-stick cookware. These are salt, vinegar, and baking soda. 

Here’s how you can use them without harming your non-stick cookware.   

How to use salt

Step 1: Pour warm water on the burnt area of the cookware
Step 2: Put a liberal amount of salt in the water
Step 3: Let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes
Step 4: Use a non-scratch scourer cloth to scrub the food residue
Step 5: Use a regular dishcloth and soapy water to scrub the bottom and exterior of the cookware
Step 6: Always air dry to protect and prolong the life of the non-stick part of the cookware

How to use vinegar and baking soda solution 

Step 1: Pour water into the cookware
Step 2: Pour a glass of white vinegar into the water
Step 3: Let it soak for a few minutes while stirring
Step 4: Put the solution in medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes
Step 5: Add two tablespoons of baking soda
Step 6: Bubble reaction should loosen food gunk
Step 7: Let it cool down and throw the water mix into the sink

Burn warning: This method requires the water to be very hot. Wear gloves if needed. 

Step 8: Clean the pan with soap and water
Step 9: Use a scrub brush or non-scratch scourer for stubborn food residue

How to remove burnt areas with baking soda

This method is effective if you see some burnt spots in your Teflon pot or pan. 

Step 1: Let the pan cool down
Step 2: Cover the burnt spot with baking soda
Step 3: Add a small amount of water on the spots with baking soda
dirty non stick pan

Step 4: Allow it to sit overnight
Step 5: The water and baking soda should look like a paste in the morning
Step 6: Scrub the paste residue with a sponge or scouring scrubber make sure to focus on the brunt areas
Step 7: Rinse the pan with water
Step 8: Wash it again with warm soapy water
Step 9: Rinse with warm water
Step 10: Let it dry on a drying rack or wipe it with a dish cloth

The Crown Choice Non-Scratch Scouring Scrubber

Cleaning non-stick cookware and bakeware can be easy if you have the right tools in hand. The Crown Choice is a great partner to help clean your teflon and non stick pots and pans. If you need a durable and non-scratch scouring scrubber then The Crown Choice scouring scrubber is the best choice.


  • It doesn’t smell
  • It won’t unravel
  • It won’t scratch
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It lasts longer than seven regular sponges

Durable and efficient cleaning implement. That’s The Crown Choice heavy duty non-scratch scourer


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