By seamus from Cheshire, England
Put a drop or two of dish detergent (the liquid, not the kind for dishwashers) in the pan. Fill it about half full of water and place it on the stove. Bring it to the point that the dish soap is starting to bubble up. At that point, take the pan off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub it with a non-abrasive type scrubber. If that doesn't remove all the burnt-on gunk, you may need to repeat the process. This should get the pan clean, but it will probably never be completely non-stick again.
Sprinkle baking soda on the burnt spots and pour vinegar over the baking soda. When it stops bubbling; with a dishcloth softly rub the pan clean with hot water and detergent. Voila, it's clean, hopefully! Use a little more strength if you need to.
I sympathize with you ruining your Non-stick pan but if you haven't rubbed off the non-stick teflon than use this to try to get anything burnt on it off. Sprinkle baking soda on the burnt spots and pour vinegar over the baking soda. When it stops bubbling; with a dishcloth softly rub the pan clean with hot water and detergent. Voila, it's clean,hopefully! Use a little more strength if you need to.
My second advice is to buy stainless steel pans; they are easy to clean and non toxic. Be patient when using low heat at first and watch what your cooking so not to get anything sticking but stir often. Stainless steel holds heat better also. So if you use high heat just remember to lower the heat after the food starts cooking. If something burns clean it the same way as above. Or use Dianna's method: Try filling your pan with enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your pan add enough water to cover the baking soda plus about 1-2 inches. Put back onto the stove and bring to a boil, remove from stove and let sit overnight, and wash as usual. This has always worked for me, hope it helps you. By Dianna
I'm going to also recommend either cast iron or stainless. With stainless, just use nonstick spray (it comes even in just olive oil) and things really don't stick. If you scratch your nonstick coating, and heat it high enough to burn stuff in the future, there's the possible risk of fumes. Also, you don't get the same searing that you would with either cast iron (the old fashioned kind) or stainless. I stupidly tossed my grandmother's cast iron pans thinking they were too heavy. Now I'm using cast iron again and I could kick myself! It cleans so easily if you "season" the pan first, and when you clean it. You just use hot water, a plastic scrubber, and everything comes off of it. Rub it down with a little oil and heat for a moment when you dry it. Turn the burner on til it's just warm, then off, to spread the oil. It's unbelievable how well things brown and cook without burning! Heat distributes better, so you don't get the scorches like you do in nonstick pans. Try one piece of each, a smaller 10"-12" cast iron, Lodge is best, and a large stainless skillet since it'll be lighter. :) Try discount stores like Marshalls for the pans to experiment without spending a lot of money.
Try soaking it in the hottest water you can get, until it's soft enough you can just wipe it off. :)
I am so grateful! The burnt food came off quite easily from my Teflon pan. I did have to soak it in the mixture(Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar) twice for 20 minutes and I did use my fingernail to scrape the gunk off but it sure worked. Thank you so much.
This mixture soap works great gift laminate flooring in a spray bottle. I use it for almost everything. Cheap diy cleaner that's non toxic.
I burned peas in a non stick pan. I tried everything. but nothing worked. I was ready to throw the pan away when I decided to try one more time. I poured straight bleach in the pan and let it soak. Worked like a champ.
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How do I clean up pan bottoms? They are non-stick cookware.
By dorcas from Newfield, NY
If you are talking about the outside of the pan, you should be able to use SOS soap pads, or scouring powder of any kind.
If it is on the outside of the pot or pan, use oven cleaner. If it is on the inside, a "bounce" or other dryer sheet will loosen stuck on stuff. Just put it in the pan, fill with water and leave overnight.
I use Barkeepers Friend for the bottom of my pans, and they still look like new. It's a powdered cleanser like Comet, etc., but it is not abrasive at all. You can buy it at Walmart and most grocery stores. Works really well.
Someone has used and burnt my Orgreenic ceramic skillet. Is there any way to clean it?
You don't say whether it is on the inside or the outside, and if it is burnt on food residue or scorch marks.
Oven cleaner or ammonia very lightly applied and quickly wiped off would deal with the outside; cleaning the inside is really simple. Just add baking soda to some hot water in the burnt pan and boil gently. After a while dig at the burnt residue with a wooden spoon, easing it off. Your pan should be good as new.
Barkeepers Friend is excellent for this. You could also coat the bottom of the pot with baking soda, fill with a few inches of water, boil on the stovetop and let it cool overnight. Wash out the next day and the burnt stuff should come off.
This is a page about cleaning Teflon. Many of us have Teflon coated cookware. Cleaning these pots, pans, and bakeware must be done with the appropriate cleaners so as not to damage the coating.