How to Clean and Care for Your Cookware and Bakeware
Words Veronica Chan
We know it can be tricky to navigate a kitchen sink full of dirty pots and pans. What’s the best way to clean glass, non-stick, and stainless steel?
Non-Stick Bakeware and Cookware
Non-stick surfaces should be handled with extra care since you don’t want to overheat or scratch them. We’re strongly against using aerosol cooking sprays on non-stick surfaces since it can lodge onto them, which creates a barrier that can become rancid and compromise the releasing properties of the non-stick surface.
To clean non-stick cookware, try using distilled white vinegar with lemon juice on low heat and let it simmer for up to half an hour to loosen up any deposits that have made their way onto the non-stick nooks and crannies. For non-stick bakeware, instead of using strong abrasive scrubs or sponges, which will scratch off the non-stick coating, opt for brushes with a nylon bristle, which are hard enough to brush off deposits but will not damage the surface. This will restore the pan so it’s as good as new.
While glass bakeware is dishwasher-safe, if you encounter a stubborn stain, try using baking soda or dish soap with a dish brush. We don’t recommend harsh, abrasive cleaners like scouring pads on our glass bakeware. A nylon brush works really well, plus a little elbow grease goes a long way.
- Glass Bakeware
- Suggested cleaning tools: Dish Brush (Pro Tip: use the head of the brush to chip away any stubborn baked-on food) & Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set
Stainless Steel Cookware
For stainless steel surfaces, try soaking your cookware in distilled white vinegar for about 10 minutes. This is great for removing proteins that are deposited from butter and oil. These stains can look brown, yellow, cloudy or even rainbow-colored. If you can’t remove the extra-stubborn stains, try creating a solution of aluminum powder (available at most hardware stores) and hot water, and repeating the soak-and-scrub method. Look for a powder like Bar Keeper’s Friend that contains oxalic acid, which is extremely useful in removing the most stubborn stains. Stainless steel surfaces actually clean very easily if dealt with immediately after cooking. If you cannot get to cleaning your pans right after you’re done cooking, try to add hot water and a little soap immediately after cooking.
- Stainless Steel Pro 8 Qt Covered Casserole
- Stainless Steel Pro 10 Inch Open Frypan
- Suggested cleaning tool: Soap Dispensing Dish Brush
Cast Iron Pans
Cast iron pans might seem tricky (there are a lot of rules and opinions about seasoning!) but for any cleaning jobs we suggest using a brush with short, stiff bristles. It removes cooked on foods without damaging the surface.
- Suggested cleaning tool: Cast Iron Pan Brush (Bonus: Use the scraper tip to get into corners and grooves).