Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Nonstick Cookware

09/14/2016

By: Kayla Brown

 

After the popularity of our blog, “5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Nonstick Cookware” we thought we’d address another common concern, “How exactly should I clean my nonstick cookware?” This is your personal guide for keeping your nonstick cookware clean and long-lasting.

 

1. Keep it Out of the Dishwasher

Though our cookware is considered dishwasher safe, we always suggest avoiding the dishwasher due to the harsh chemicals in dishwashing detergent. We recommend hand-washing your Swiss Diamond cookware with a dish brush and hot, soapy water.

 

 

2. Change Up Your Brush

We're going to let you in on a little secret. A safe, clean wash depends on the type of brush you use. So “What type of brush?” you may ask? We found the perfect set of non-abrasive tools for not only nonstick cookware – but cookware of all types. Full Circle is a line of eco-friendly and stylish cleaning products. Full circle combines sustainability, elegant designs, and functionality to create some awesome kitchen must-haves you’ll be dying to order ASAP!

 

 

Full circle products listed from left to right: Laid Back 2.0 Replaceable Dish Sponge, Laid Back 2.0 Replaceable Dish Brush, Be Good Dish Brush in White, Be Good Dish Brush in Green.

 

 

3. Clean Smarter, Not Harder

Many times, we simply clean the whole pan vigorously without tending to the needs of each pan’s problem area. While you do need to clean the entire pan thoroughly, some pans may need some extra TLC in certain areas due to oil build-up, residue on the bottom of the pan, and more!

 

The Basic Clean

Before your first time using the cookware and after each use, be sure to wash thoroughly with hot soapy water. We love using the Full Circle Laid Back 2.0 Dish Sponge for cleaning sessions like this; the brush is gentle, yet a cleaning powerhouse! Plus, the face dries up to reduce bacterial growth. Avoid using abrasive detergents, metal scouring pads, or oven cleaners – these may end up affecting the quality of the nonstick surface!

 

 

Surface of the Pan

You may notice a dark build-up on the surface of the pan. This occurs over time when cooking oil is used above its smoke point - extra virgin olive oil or butter is usually the usual culprit. Though the oil doesn't damage the pan, it can be very difficult to remove. Thankfully, the baking soda treatment for the bottom of the pan, also works great for the surface!

 

  1. Mix a solution of baking soda and water about the consistency of toothpaste.
  2. Rub this solution into the pan wherever you see the dark build-up
  3. Scrub vigorously with a Full Circle Bubble Up Dish Brush (This brush is perfect for some serious scrubbing power!)
  4. Rinse clean and wash with hot soapy water.

 

If the oil build-up is severe, Barkeeper’s Friend® powder* may be used in place of baking soda. *Please use only the powdered Cleanser & Polish or Soft Cleanser. The Barkeeper’s Friend® Cookware Cleaner is for stainless steel only - if used on a nonstick surface, it will cause scratches and abrasions. DO NOT use oven cleaner, Carbon-Off®, or other harsh chemicals, as these will degrade the nonstick surface. Choosing appropriate cooking oil and washing your pan thoroughly with hot, soapy water each time you use it will prevent this problem.

 

Exterior and the Base

This homemade solution is perfect for removing that pesky residue build up that can accumulate over time on the exterior and bottom of your pan.

  1. Mix a solution of 1 liter (1 quart) water + 45 mL (3 Tbsp.) of a natural acid like lemon juice, cream of tartar or white vinegar.
  2. Bring to a boil inside the cookware and then use the solution on a Full Circle Laid Back 2.0 Replaceable Dish Sponge to clean the exterior and the base.

 

 

 

We hope that these tips and tricks make it easier to keep your nonstick cookware looking as good as new! Be sure to like us on Facebook and let us know which Full Circle products you can't wait to try out on your Swiss Diamond cookware!

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