Non-stick pans are a godsend, and they save you a lot of time in the kitchen. But, when it comes to time-saving in the kitchen, you may also be tempted to put your non-stick pans in the dishwasher. If you were wondering if it is safe to do so, the simple answer is no. Although you can find non-stick pans on the market that are labeled dishwasher safe, it really isn’t a good idea to wash your pans in this way.
Non-stick pans are the ideal way to cook pancakes and eggs, but unless you clean and store them correctly, they are useless. Scrubbing at your non-stick pans should also be avoided at all costs as this will simply get rid of the non-stick coating. So, let’s take a look at why you shouldn’t put your non-stick pans in the dishwasher and how you should clean them for best results.
Dos and Don’ts of Non-Stick Cookware
When it comes to looking after your non-stick cookware, dishwashers are like red flags. They will rapidly deteriorate the non-stick coating on your pan as well as the overall quality of your cookware. So, you may be wondering what the deal is with “dishwasher safe” non-stick cookware.
Many non-stick dishes do claim to be dishwasher safe, but it is still undisputed that putting your pans in the dishwasher time and time again will have a negative effect on their quality. The first few times you put a non-stick pan in the dishwasher, you won’t notice any peeling. But, once you notice the first damage, which you may not see for some months, the damage really is done and you will need to throw away your pan and buy a new one.
Over time, hot temperatures and harsh detergent will erode off the coating that makes your pan non-stick. Abrasive chemicals in dishwasher soap such as Phthalates can seriously damage the non-stick coating of your pan over time. And as non-stick pans are coated as opposed to being seasoned, re-seasoning your pans is not an option.
How to Clean Non-Stick Cookware
As we have already established, your non-stick cookware is not dishwasher-safe. So, let’s take a look at how to clean your grill pan without ruining it. Another mistake many people make is to scrub away at their pans after use, especially to try to get rid of food residues and staining. When you use a scourer on a non-stick pan, you are removing the non-stick coating, and ruining your pan even more quickly than if you put it in the dishwasher.
Your pans should be cleaned after each use, and dried carefully before being stored away. Rinse your pan with soapy water that is neither very hot nor cold, carefully ensuring that you get rid of all the food residues. Use the soft side of a sponge, and clean your pan in circular motions. If you are unable to remove the food residue with a soft sponge, soak your pan in soapy water for a few hours, or until the food residue comes free easily and without scratching it with a scourer or utensil.
Use cleaning pads that are non-stick safe, ensuring that you handle your pans with care and dry them with kitchen paper once clean. Always try to use a mild detergent, and for stubborn stains, use a solution of baking soda and water for your non-stick pans. Harsh chemical sprays should be avoided, as these, like your dishwasher, will only end up ruining your pans after a few washes.