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Ingenuity and Less Elbow Grease: The Best Nonstick Cleaners


Some cooks think the best way to remove stubborn stains and food particles from their nonstick cookware is to scrub furiously with steel wool or other harsh abrasives. Fortunately, less elbow grease and more ingenuity give much better results. The same creative skill you rely on to cook healthy satisfying meals for your family and friends works equally well when cleaning your nonstick cookware.

First things first: always thoroughly wash your nonstick cookware after each use with a mild dish washing detergent, warm water, and a soft nylon brush, scrub pad or sponge. This helps keep the nonstick surface in great condition so that it lasts a long time. However, if you find stubborn stains and particles in your pan, your next step is to make a “cleaning cocktail” of sorts. In your pan, boil three parts water and one part vinegar on medium heat for five to ten minutes. Let the mixture sit until cool, then wash out the pan with warm, soapy water and a soft nylon brush, then rinse and dry. What’s left is a clean spotless surface ready to take on your next dish.

For tough stains, a little ingenuity and less elbow grease is the right recipe for cleaning your nonstick cookware. Keep a bottle of vinegar on standby, and leave the steel wool for your next DIY project.

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