How to Remove Odors from a Burned Non-Stick Pan in the House

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Non-stick pans can make cooking easier.
Non-stick pans can make cooking easier. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

If you are the person in your household who is responsible for preparing meals and cleaning up the kitchen, then you know that there are some items that can help make your job easier. For example, a non-stick pan is much less likely than a standard pan to get burned on residue that won’t come off. However, if a pan is heated to very high temperatures, non-stick or not, then you can end up with a burnt pan. To remove the residue and odors, you will need to use specific cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Plastic spatula
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Nylon scrub brush

Wait for the non-stick pan to cool down completely. Attempting to clean it while it’s initially hot can make the odors worse.

Add several cups of water to the non-stick pan or enough to cover the surface of the burned-on residue.

Pour about ½ cup of vinegar into the pan and place it on the stove top.

Turn the burner onto medium-high heat and wait until the water and vinegar solution start to boil

Use a plastic spatula to scrape the bottom of the non-stick pan. Even if you mostly cleaned off the residue, there could be remaining particles that are causing the odors. This will remove them.

Remove the pan from heat and dump the liquid down the drain.

Wipe out any remaining residue with a paper towel and place the pan in hot, soapy water to soak for about ten minutes. For best results, use a natural, grease-cutting dishwashing liquid.

Scrub out the non-stick pan with a nonabrasive, nylon scrub brush to remove all remaining odors. Rinse with hot water when you’re finished.

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