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How to Care for Nonstick Cookware

by Staff Writer

Nonstick pans next to a sliced tomato and scallions

Things You Need:

  • Sponge
  • Plastic mesh scrubber
  • Non-metal cooking utensils
  • Dish detergent
  • Hand towel

You love your nonstick cookware, so take good care of it. Nonstick cookware has a special coating that can make your cooking healthier by reducing the amount of fat and oil you need to use in your cooking. A nonstick coating also makes it easier to clean your pots and pans, but improper care can ruin the nonstick coating, which causes foods to stick, makes cleaning more difficult and reduces the lifespan of your cookware. The following tips will help you care for your nonstick pans and keep them working like new. By properly caring for your nonstick cookware after each use, you can be assured it will last a long time and remain in good condition.

Caring for Nonstick Cookware:

  1. Cool down. After using your nonstick cookware, especially anodized nonstick cookware, allow it to cool completely before washing it. This will prevent you from ruining the coating and warping nonstick skillets and pans.

  2. Use some elbow grease. Once they are cool, submerge your nonstick pots and pans in hot, soapy water and use a sponge and dish soap to clean them.

  3. Scrub baked-on food carefully. If stubborn particles won't come off, switch the sponge for a plastic mesh scrubber and try scrubbing nonstick pans with baking soda. Make sure you get your nonstick cookware completely clean. Anything left on could get baked into the nonstick pot during the next use, causing food to stick in the future and ruining your cookware.

  4. Rinse your pans clean. Use a hand towel to ensure that each piece in your nonstick cookware set is completely dry so it won't dry with water spots or stick to other dishes in your cupboard.

  5. Be cautious when storing your cookware. Store your nonstick skillets and other pots and pans with similar items and make sure they aren't leaning on each other. Even the best nonstick cookware can be scratched and have its nonstick finish damaged. You may want to purchase a hanging pot rack for safely storing your best nonstick cookware.


  1. Never use metal utensils to cook food in nonstick pots and pans. Use only wood, plastic or silicone cooking utensils, as metal tools can scratch the surface of your nonstick pots.

  2. Do not use abrasive scrubbers or cleaners on your anodized nonstick cookware.

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