Imagine that your day is full of schedules and lots of to-do lists when you are back home and want to cook a simple meal for yourself. But one thing you don’t appreciate is cleaning, scrubbing pots and pans, and not to mention those dried-on or stuck-on food. Then you’ll think, who can rescue me from these heavy works! A brave knight who wears shining armor? No! What you need is a non-stick pan!

A nonstick pan is a top choice for beginners and people who hate cleaning; its nonstick coating ensures easy cooking and cleaning. Yet it requires some specific care to prevent scratching, chipping, or peeling. Now let’s talk more about cleaning and other vital things you need to pay attention to.

1. Say NO to Dishwasher.

Cleaning is a hassle——we all know that, especially for those searing food residues. You might consider using a dishwasher to save time and provide efficient cleaning. And lots of manufacturers claim that it’s a dishwasher-safe pan. Still, hand washing can result in better effects in the long run and extend the using time of nonstick coating because the high temperature and harsh detergents with rough and abrasive cleaning processes in dishwashers can break down the coating and reduce its nonstick property over time. 

2. Using Warm Soapy Water.

Harsh detergents like bleach are also a silent killer of nonstick property; they generally contain salts and chemicals that could corrode the coating and cause it to wear off. Using warm soapy water is the best for handwashing nonstick pans: rinse the pan with soapy water and use a soft sponge or dishwashing cloth to clean it, especially if there are food residues on it and hard to clean; rinse it for a while can make it easier to clean.

 

3. Do not use abrasive cleaning tools.

Abrasive cleaning tools will cause scratches and ruin the nonstick surface. Same as using metal utensils, to use silicone or wooden utensils instead as these are the main rules if you want to keep the nonstick performance and last longer. 

4. Avoid water temperature changes.

It’s not suggested to wash the pan with water after use immediately. Sudden temperature changes could cause it to warp and ruin the surface.

 

Now let’s summarize these again: handwashing, soaking the pan with soapy water, using soft cleaning tools, and avoiding major temperature changes. These cleaning cares can keep your pan in good condition and make it last longer in the long run.