How to Clean a Dirty Ceramic Nonstick Pan

published Jul 29, 2022
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Dirty non stick ceramic pan on countertop
Credit: Sarah Crowley

There’s so much to consider when it comes to choosing the right pots and pansBut when it comes to cooking eggs and anything else we don’t want to stick, we sure do appreciate a good ceramic pan.

Ceramic isn’t exactly a nonstick pan, but it acts like one. And unlike Teflon pans, ceramic cookware has a reputation for being free of chemicals or potentially toxic materials. Best of all? The coating on these popular pans help distribute heat evenly, which in turn means your food cooks evenly — whether it’s in the center of the pan or at the edges.

Most of the time, you’ll find it pretty easy to hand-wash your pan with dish soap and a non-abrasive sponge. (Remember to let it cool first!) But some cooking projects can leave your pan extra messy.

To keep your ceramic pan looking good, you need to know how to effectively hand-wash it without causing any damage. Don’t worry: We’ve got you covered. Grab your dirty pan and your favorite non-abrasive sponge — here are six step-by-step instructions to gently clean your nonstick ceramic cookware.

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Use hot water to help loosen any stuck-on bits in your pan. Gather all of the cleaning tools you'll need (baking soda, vinegar, melamine sponge, and nonabrasive sponge). Fill your dirty ceramic pan about halfway with water, and bring it to a gentle boil. Boil the water for about two minutes.

What You Need

  • Small bowl 
  • Dish soap
  • Towel
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

Instructions

  1. Use hot water to help loosen any stuck-on bits in your pan. Gather all of the cleaning tools you’ll need (baking soda, vinegar, melamine sponge, and nonabrasive sponge). Fill your dirty ceramic pan about halfway with water, and bring it to a gentle boil. Boil the water for about two minutes.
  2. Wipe thoroughly clean with a melamine sponge. Pour out the water and place your pan on a sturdy heat-safe surface, such as a cutting board. While the pan is still warm, use a wet melamine sponge to clean the interior of the dirty pan.
  3. Wash the pan with warm water and a few squirts of dish soap with a non-abrasive sponge. Avoid using steel wool, metal pads, or abrasive cleaners on ceramic coatings.
  4. For the exterior, mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Rub the paste on the outside stains with a soft-bristled cleaning brush.
  5. Rinse the outside of the pan. Use white vinegar to rinse off any remaining bits. You’re almost done!
  6. Give the pan a final rinse, and pat dry with a towel. Presto! Your pan is now ready for plenty of action.

How do you clean your nonstick ceramic pan? Tell us your tips and favorite cleaning products in the comments below.