How to Remove Burnt Food from Non-Stick Pan?

The use of non-stick pans is becoming more popular due to the ease of cleaning and allows recipes to cook without sticking on its surface.

However, if you cook in extreme temperatures or with a non-stick pan having scratches on its surface, there’s a likelihood of burnt food particles sticking onto it. Some of these food particles may be difficult to remove by using water and soap.

Are you struggling to clean a non-stick pan with stubborn stains? Well, in this article we’re going to show you 4 methods of how easy it is to remove all kinds of burnt food particles to achieve a sparkling clean non-stick pan.

It’s very important to clean a non-stick pan carefully since some methods of cleaning lead to damaging it.

Cleaning the Pan Immediately after Use with Soap and Hot Water

This is one of the most effective and easiest ways of cleaning burnt food particles from the pan. Cleaning as soon as you’re finished cooking prevents the dirt from hardening more making it easy to use the basic method of cleaning to wash the debris off its surface.




Hot water


1. Pour the hot water onto the non-stick pan and let it absorb for about 3 minutes. The hot water reduces the bond between the burnt food particles and the surface of the non-stick pan.

2. After that, apply some soap on the dishcloth and scrub off the burnt food particles one by one. It’s very important to scrub a specific surface for a longer time to increase the efficiency of this method.

This cleaning style is recommendable when the food particles aren’t too stubborn. However, this method isn’t 100% effective to remove all burnt food particles that are heavily stuck on the non-stick pan.

Use Table Salt and water

Table salt is a good cleaner and the most available ingredient in all kitchens globally.


Table salt

Scouring Pad

Warm water


1. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of salt into your non-stick pan to ensure that all burnt food particles have been covered.

2. Fill the pan with warm water to make a salt solution in the non-stick pan. Stir the water to ensure the salt has dissolved completely and leave it to soak for 5 minutes.

3. After soaking, place the pan on a heat source and let the salt solution boil for about 15 minutes. As the pan bubbles, the burnt food residues should start coming on top of the solution.

Use Baking Soda and Water

Baking soda is regarded as one of the best cleaners in the kitchen due to its alkaline properties that mix with the burnt food particles that are acidic to dissolve and remove them from the pan’s surface.

Another reason we recommend baking soda and water is because it removes the smell of the burnt food particles. This allows your non-stick pan to be used in preparing another dish without foul smells on the pan.


A cleaning sponge

A little water

Baking soda


1. Pour a little amount of baking soda amount onto the pan’s surface especially on the spots with burnt food particles.

2. Add a small amount of water into the pan and stir the mixture until you get a thick paste. We recommend that you leave this mixture on the pan overnight for the best results.

3.The following morning, wet the cleaning sponge with a little water and rub it on the burnt food particle surfaces of your non-stick pan. The rubbing should be gentle to ensure you don’t cause more damage to the scratched areas.

4. Gentle rubbing should remove the easier particles but if there are stubborn food particles that are not getting removed, apply more pressure to scrub them off.

5. After you’re done with the scrubbing, rinse the pan with soap and water to remove the remaining solution. After rinsing, wipe the pan with a dish cleaning cloth to dry it off and place it on the wall.

Use Vinegar and Water

If you’re struggling to clean up the stubbornest burnt food particles from your pan, then this method should provide a solution. A mixture of vinegar and water dilutes and removes food particles from the non-stick pan surface with ease.

Also, it doesn’t destroy the pan’s surface during cleaning. Additionally, this solution removes the greasy parts on the pan.


2 Paper towels




1. Depending on the size of your pan, fill half of its surface with water. Add a half cup of vinegar into the water and stir for a minute.

2. Place the pan on a source of heat until the solution boils for around 5 to 10 minutes.

3. The burnt food particles and oil should start rising onto the solution as the water boils. After all the burnt particles have floated on the pan’s surface, turn off the heat source and pour the solution inside a sink.

4. Wash off the surface of your non-stick pan using a soft scouring pad and let it dry for the next meal use.

Final Thought

Taking care of your non-stick pan is very essential if you want it to last over a long time. Allowing the build-up of burnt food particles reduces the effectiveness and the taste of food recipes in the future.

Whether you’re cleaning a non-stick pan with too much-burnt food stains or not, it’s very important to use soft materials during cleaning. Using abrasive and metal pads such as steel wool and rough scouring pads may damage your nonstick pan more.

If one of the methods isn’t working to clean off your non-stick pan, then it’s only good to try another cleaning method. Stubborn burnt food residue may not be easy to remove using the soap and salt methods as these are meant for the soft particles.

The above cleaning methods are safe and will leave your non-stick pan clean, safe, and ready to prepare your next meal. We hope that these cleaning methods shall be helpful in your kitchen.

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