How To Clean Ceramic Pans And Make Them Last
When I found my turquoise ceramic pan for a steal of a deal at Aldi I was super excited. Ceramic pans are a healthier option to cook with but they can be tricky to keep clean. How to clean ceramic pans and keep them stain-free was a challenge for me at first. Now it’s not so bad and I’m glad I made the switch to non-toxic pans.
How To Clean Ceramic Pans
When it comes to overall cleaning of your ceramic pan you’ll want to hand wash it if you can. I admit, I have gotten lazy and put it in the dishwasher. However, your pan will last longer without any scratches if you stick with handwashing it.
Hand wash your ceramic pan, as soon as you can, with dish soap and a soft sponge.
Unfortunately, a simple handwash doesn’t always do the trick with non-stick ceramic. Ceramic pans can often stain and food can be difficult to scrub off.
Supplies Needed For Cleaning Ceramic Pans That Are Being Stubborn
How To Clean Non-Stick Ceramic – Step By Step
Step 1 – Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with baking soda
Step 2 – Make a cleaning solution that is 50% water and 50% vinegar. Put this into a spray bottle
Step 3 – Generously spray the pan with your DIY vinegar cleaning solution
Step 4 – Let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes (the worse the stain, the longer it should sit)
Step 5 – Use your soft sponge or cloth to start scrubbing the pan. A paste should have formed between the vinegar cleaning solution and baking soda. If not, add more of each cleaner.
Step 6 – Scrub your ceramic pan until it is clean. Rinse the pan with warm water and dry with a towel or let it air dry. Repeat the process if you feel like the pan did not get clean enough.
**If your pan is showing lots of wear or is an older pan you may want to skip the vinegar and just use water. The high acid in the vinegar can make the surface erode over time.
How To Get Burn Stains Out Of Your Ceramic Pan
If the above process did not work for you because you have a particularly stubborn burn stain, you can try this method instead.
Step 1 – Sprinkle the bottom of your ceramic pan with baking soda
Step 2 – Add enough water to the pan to cover the bottom and set the pan on the stove
Step 3 – Bring the water to a boil
Step 4 – Whatever is on the bottom of the pan should start to flake off. If it does not flake off you can take a gentle scrubbing brush and scrub the bottom of the pan. Food and burn stains should come off easily.
You can also add grease-fighting dish soap to the pan to help lift any stubborn stuck on food.
When Your Ceramic Pan Is Clean But Still Seems Stained…
Over time your ceramic pan is bound to stay stained even though it maybe 100 percent clean and free of any caked-on food. When this happens you can use hydrogen peroxide to bleach your pan and bring it back to its original color (or at least close to it).
Pour enough hydrogen peroxide into the bottom of the pan to cover the bottom. Let the peroxide sit for 30 minutes before rinsing the pan clean. Your ceramic pan should now be back closer to its original color. Hydrogen peroxide will disinfect the pan as well and it’s non-toxic!
However, there is a time where your pan may reach a point of no return. If you have scratches, have been washing it the dishwasher, and some of the coatings has worn off, the stains will not be removed and the peroxide will be of no help.
Tips For Making Your Ceramic Pans Last Longer
Always hand wash your ceramic pans.
Use a soft washcloth or sponge when washing your ceramic pan so that you do not scratch the surface.
Always use plastic, silicone, wood, or nylon cooking utensils when cooking with your ceramic pans. Metal will scratch the surface.
Putting a pad between pans when stacking them will help prevent scratching. This could be a great way to store your hot pad holders!
With these tips, your ceramic pans should be clean in no time and have a nice long life!
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