How to Fix a Sticky Non-Stick Pan

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Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap

  • Water

  • White vinegar

  • Sponge with nylon scrubbing pad

  • Dish towel

Clean sticky pans with soapy water.

Non-stick pans work well when you want to prepare foods without worrying about the foods cooking onto the pan itself. The pans are finished with a non-stick coating, but sometimes residue gets left behind that leaves the pans sticky. It is important to wash the pans immediately after use to prevent food residue from drying onto the pans.


Step 1

Dip the pan into a sink of warm, soapy dish water and scrub with a sponge. Add 1 cup of vinegar to the water for heavily soiled pans.

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Step 2

Flip over to the scrubber side of the sponge to cut through thicker sticky residue and continue as needed until you remove all buildup.

Step 3

Rinse the pan with clear warm water and towel dry.


Avoid the use of sharp scraping tools and cleaning pads because these eat away at the non-stick coating of the pan.

Replace the pan if the non-stick coating begins to wear off because it can get into food while you cook and the coating should not be ingested.



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