How to Clean Ceramic Cookware? 5 Easy Methods Explained

How to Clean Ceramic Cookware?

“Cleaning the dishes is no big deal, anyone can do that” – you might be of the same view. But what if I told you that cleaning ceramic cookware isn’t like regular dish cleaning?

This cookware requires special care (not exhausting, though), and there are certain things you should know if you have a ceramic pot or pan lying around.

There was a time when I didn’t know the right way to clean ceramic cookware and ended up scratching an excellent pan. I used a coarse scrubbing pad with my new ceramic non-stick pan, and it left pretty bad scratches – never doing that again.

Since I learned to properly clean ceramic cookware after that mishap, I don’t want you to do the same. I have compiled this easy guide to help you clean ceramic cookware without compromising its beauty and usability.

So, keep on reading and learn the most effective ways of cleaning ceramic cookware!

Everyday Cleaning of Ceramic Cookware

If a ceramic non-stick pan is your go-to in the kitchen, make sure it’s always clean. Small ceramic particles and food residue can accumulate in your pan over time, eventually risking its usability.

Here’s the easiest way to keep a ceramic pan clean and ready-to-use:

  • Fill the sink with warm water and add some liquid dish soap to it
  • Stir the mixture to make foam and soak your ceramic pan in it
  • If there’s some food residue on the pan, leave it there for 5-10 minutes
  • Use a soft sponge to wipe the pan’s surface clean
  • Rinse your pan with fresh water and use a kitchen towel to dry it

These easy steps will keep your ceramic pan clean and new-like despite its regular usage.

A Pro Tip: Don’t store a ceramic pan until it’s completely dry to prevent rust and discoloration. Use a cotton buff or kitchen towel to wipe the cookware and hang it for air drying afterward.

Removing Burnt Food Gunk From Ceramic Cookware

We all face those moments when we look away from the pan for one second, and food decides to just burn, argh. But the good news is these incidents don’t damage ceramic non-stick cookware if we smartly handle them.

If you want to keep your ceramic pan useful and pleasant-looking even after regular usage, here are some cleaning hacks to help you:

Baking Soda Cleaning Solution

Baking soda is a readily available and safe cleaner we can use with almost everything; ceramic non-stick cookware is no exception. If something has burned inside your ceramic pan and you want to clean it without damaging the coating underneath, here’s what to do:

  • Soak a damp sponge in baking soda and gently rub it over the burnt food gunk for 2-3 minutes
  • This rubbing will loosen the stuck food particles, and your pan will start looking shiny soon after.
  • If, however, this rubbing doesn’t do the job, sprinkle some baking soda directly on the pan and scrub it.
  • You can also let this mixture rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes, as baking soda requires some time to do its magic.
  • If dry baking soda doesn’t do the job, add some warm water to it and let this mixture rest for a while.
  • Once you notice the residue has come off, rinse the pan and hang it to air dry.

A Ceramic Pan Cleaning Hack: You can use distilled vinegar and baking soda solution if this cleaner doesn’t work out. Mix one-fourth cup of white vinegar with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to form a paste. Apply this paste to the pan with a brush and leave it for 30 minutes. Use a soft sponge to scrub this paste off once it dries and wash the pan.

Salt & Water

Salt is another natural cleaning agent you can use to maintain and clean ceramic cookware. You might have heard that salt only works when you use steel wool to rub it; that’s not true.

Here’s how you can clean a ceramic pan with salt and water:

  • Pour one cup of hot/warm water into your ceramic pan and add 3-4 tablespoons of sea salt to it
  • If there are no food stains on the pan, stir this mixture well and leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • But if there are both stains and residue, boil the salt-water mixture to remove them
  • Pour out the solution and finish the process by cleaning your pan with a gentle dish soap

Salt and water mixture also removes mineral build-up from the ceramic pan, which develops with regular usage.

White Vinegar

White vinegar contains citric acid, which is the main ingredient of most chemical cleaners. If you don’t like off-the-shelf utensil cleaners, use white vinegar with your ceramic pan instead, and it will do.

  • Add four cups of water and one cup of white vinegar into your ceramic pan
  • Stir the solution well and bring it to a boil
  • Let this cleaner simmer for five minutes and remove it from the heat
  • Pour out the mixture and do the everyday cleaning regime with your ceramic pan

White vinegar eats away food particles, dust build-up, and accumulated minerals, eventually making your pan clean and shiny. 

Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are excellent stain absorbers, often used with fabrics. If your shiny ceramic pan has gotten stained after regular usage, a dryer sheet can help with that.

  • Place a dryer sheet inside the ceramic pan and pour hot water over it
  • Leave the pan as it is overnight, so the dryer sheet works its magic

Remove the sheet and clean your pan as usual for a shiny, bright finish.

Treating Discoloration in Ceramic Cookware

Regular cooking and mineral build-up can cause discoloration in ceramic cookware. This discoloration looks unpleasant and can reduce the pan’s usability as well. Therefore, if your ceramic pan has lost its original color, treating it should be your next step.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a safe and reliable solution to wipe cooking surfaces without ruining their texture.

  • Pour some amount of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution on your ceramic pan and let it bubble.
  • You can also add a few drops of water along with Hydrogen peroxide if you’re concerned about the non-stick coating.
  • Let this solution rest in the pan for 30 minutes before pouring it out.
  • Rinse your pan with warm water and use a cotton buff to wipe the remaining cleaning solution.

This easy method can maintain your ceramic cookware’s shine for a longer time. So if you’re a neat freak, keep this solution handy, and your utensils will never look discolored.

Tips and Care Instruction to Keep Ceramic Cookware in A Good Condition

  • Cook at low-medium heat to protect your pan’s coating. Extremely high temperatures can leave small cracks in a non-stick coating which only increase over time.
  • Always pre-heat the ceramic pan for 1-2 minutes before adding raw ingredients. But don’t pre-heat it without adding any fats because doing so can burn your food. Add a few drops of oil/shortening and heat your pan before you start cooking.
  • Let the ceramic cookware dry before storing/stacking it. Stacking wet pans can cause rust and discoloration.
  • Protect ceramic cookware from heat shocks. Never soak a hot pan, even if it’s burnt. Leave the hot pan on your kitchen counter for a while and wash it afterward.
  • Avoid stacking ceramic pans because their cooking surface is quite delicate. But if you must stack these pans, use soft cotton cloth or pads to preserve their coating.
  • Use nylon, wooden, or rubber utensils with ceramic cookware to prevent scratching. Never use sharp metal utensils and knives if you want your ceramic cookware to stay functional.

Final Thoughts

Ceramic non-stick cookware is safe, convenient, and reliable. If you don’t like when food sticks to your pan’s bottom or are concerned about toxic fumes entering your food, good-quality ceramic cookware is the solution.

These pans and pots come with excellent non-stick properties that make your cooking adventures easier. However, be mindful that cleaning non-stick cookware requires some additional care.

Follow the cleaning tips I have shared above, and your ceramic pans will always stay spotless. If something goes wrong with your ceramic pan, avoid chemical cleaners and prefer DIY methods, i.e., white vinegar and baking soda cleaners. We wish you luck with your delicious tasks!

Related Questions:

Can I put my ceramic pans in a dishwasher? Many ceramic pans are advertised as dishwasher-safe, but chances of minor mishaps are always there. Dishwasher detergents have citric acid and bleach that can erode the ceramic coating over time. Plus, when you put a ceramic pan in the dishwasher, other utensils can scratch its coating. So, we recommend you wash ceramic cookware by hand.

Should I season a ceramic pan? Sure, if food is sticking in your non-stick pan, you should season it with good quality oil. Seasoning develops a thin oil film over the non-stick coating that works as a barrier between utensils/acidic foods and the pan. So, don’t hesitate if you want to season your ceramic pan. Re-touch your pan’s seasoned layer once in two months to enjoy effortless cooking.

How do you get burnt oil off a ceramic pan? Baking soda is a safe option for removing burnt residue from ceramic cookware. Add three tablespoons of baking soda and some water to your pan. Bring this mixture to a boil and let it simmer for almost 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Use a wooden spatula to scrape the burnt residue, and once done, drain the solution from your pan. You can also add some white vinegar to speed up this cleaning process.

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