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Mar 13 2018

3 Ways to Clean Teflon

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How to Clean Teflon

Cleaning pots and pans covered in food can be an irritating chore. However, cleaning Teflon (non-stick) cookware makes this task a whole lot easier. Since Teflon is considered the only substance to which a gecko doesn’t stick, this non-stick coating usually allows food to slide right out of the pan. For general cleaning, or for times when food has been burnt onto the pan surface, there are a few easy solutions to keep your pans looking and performing good as new.

Steps Edit

Method One of Three:
Cleaning Teflon Pans After General Use Edit

Remove any loose food. When has cooled down and is safe to touch, use a paper towel, wooden, or plastic spatula to remove off any loose food from the pan. Be sure to use a pot holder to hold the pan handle if the pan is still a bit warm.

  • Be sure to use a non-metal utensil on your Teflon surface. Metal utensils can scratch and remove the Teflon layer on your pots and pans.
  • If you are saving the rest of the food in the pan, use your non-metal utensil to sweep the food into a container that you can store later.

Put the pan in your sink. Wait until the pan cools down to insert the pan into your sink basin. Depending on the size of the sink, the pan may be able to fully fit in the sink, or it may stick out a little bit. Since you will be holding and rotating the pan as you wash it, it’s okay if the pan doesn’t fit completely in the sink basin. Turn on the sink faucet, and run warm or hot water.

  • The pan will be cool enough to handle with your hands when you can comfortably touch the pan and not burn your hand. Keep in mind that cleaning cookware is sometimes easier when the cookware is still warm. However, the cookware still needs to be cooled down enough to safely touch with your hands.

Wash the pan. Use a soft nylon scrubber, sponge, or paper towel sprinkled with a few drops of dishwashing soap to wipe the Teflon surface clean. [1] Be sure to wipe all areas on the inside of the pan, but also wipe down the outside bottom of the pan and the pan handle. Rinse off all soapy residue from the pan.

  • Do not use abrasive cleaning pads on Teflon pans. The abrasive material can damage and remove the non-stick coating of the pan.
  • Since Teflon is used mainly for cookware, these cleaning directions can be applied to a wide variety of Teflon coated cookware. These cleaning directions aren’t solely restricted to Teflon coated pans.

Dry the pan. Use a paper towel, dishrag, or drying rack to dry the Teflon pan. That way, the pan is ready to use again, or ready for storage.


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