How to clean a non-stick pan

How to clean a non-stick pan

4 November 2022

If you’ve invested in a shiny new non-stick pan set, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to keep it looking pristine for longer. In this guide, we’ll share our top tips for keeping your non-stick pans clean, from washing by hand to shifting stubborn burnt deposits on your cookware.

If you’ve invested in a shiny new non-stick pan set, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to keep it looking pristine for longer. Circulon pans are developed with pioneering non-stick technologies to make them easy to clean, saving your time and energy for what matters most.

However, we know that certain techniques in the kitchen make a mess or leave marks on your pans – so we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ll share our top tips for keeping your non-stick pans clean, from washing by hand to shifting stubborn burnt deposits on your cookware.

Tips for cleaning non-stick pans by hand

Whether you’ve recently bought your first non-stick pan or you’re thinking about cutting down on your dishwasher use, it’s always useful to know how to clean non-stick pans thoroughly by hand. Even though Circulon non-stick pans are dishwasher-safe, we always recommend washing by hand. Here are a couple of our top tips:

Empty the pan before cleaning it

Even though it might be tempting to put your pan straight in the sink after you’ve finished cooking, it’s important to empty any food residue first. Not only could this helpful habit prevent oil from going down the sink and causing a blockage, but you’ll also be much less likely to accidentally scratch the surface of your non-stick pans.

Leave it to soak

Any high-quality washing-up liquid is usually all you need to clean your non-stick pans. Simply place your pan into a sink or bowl filled with a soapy mix of hot water and washing-up liquid, and the detergent should naturally cut through grease, lift food residues, and remove any bacteria.

Are Circulon non-stick pans easy to clean?

Innovative manufacturing techniques and materials make Circulon non-stick cookware remarkably easy to clean. In fact, the SteelShield™ Non-Stick Stainless Steel C-Series frying pans have been listed as the best versatile non-stick frying pan on the market in a review by BBC Good Food.

How do you remove oily residue from a non-stick pan?

If you’ve been busy making creamy chicken tikka masala or another dish with plenty of oil used in the cooking process, you’ll be familiar with the stubborn oily residue found on the surface of your non-stick pans afterwards. Luckily, it’s easy to clean a non-stick pan with an oily residue and cut through the grease in just a few minutes.

  1. Pour just under half a cup of white vinegar into the pan and add hot water, filling the pan up to around two-thirds.
  2. With the pan on the hob, bring the solution to a boil until you see tiny oily bubbles rising to the surface.
  3. Leave it to simmer for five minutes before removing the pan from the heat, dropping a piece of paper towel on the surface to absorb and draw out any leftover oils.
  4. Finally, throw the piece of kitchen towel away and pour the water down the sink. Remember, you’ll only need to follow these steps if your pan is particularly oily.

How do you clean a burnt non-stick pan?

Learning how to clean non-stick pans with burnt-on debris, residue and stains will help you keep your pans looking healthy – and improve their cooking performance too.

We’d recommend trying three techniques – including using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, the incredible natural cleaning power of lemons, or just a humble dishwasher tablet. You can learn more about these methods in our step-by-step guide to cleaning a burnt non-stick pan.

Cleaning baked-on grease from non-stick pans might require a little bit more effort, but it’s always worth putting in if you can. Plus, knowing how to clean burn marks off non-stick pans as soon as they appear will help you prevent stains from setting in and exacerbating over time.

When should I replace my non-stick pan?

You certainly won’t be alone if you’ve been putting off replacing a non-stick pan you’ve had for a while. Whether it’s a family favourite or your go-to for every meal, we know how easy it is for sentiment to get in the way of practicality.

It’s not always possible to make a non-stick pan non-stick again, so if your pan is patchy or heavily damaged, you’re likely to need a new one. The perfect sauté, simmer or sear can only be achieved when your pan distributes heat evenly, so it’s always worth making sure you’re cooking with efficient non-stick technologies.

Buy new non-stick pans with Circulon

If you’re ready to replace your pan – or you’d just rather not spend too much time cleaning burnt non-stick pans – we can help. Check out our ultimate non-stick pan buying guide to find out which of our non-stick pans could be best suited to your style of cooking.

Or, if you prefer a timeless shine to your cookware, exploring our signature range of non-stick stainless steel cookware could be for you. Complete with unique SteelShield™ technology, choose from sturdy tri-clad C-Series pans or those with a brushed satin finish in our S-Series collection.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to find out more about non-stick pans or cleaning any of your Circulon cookware.