Cleaning ceramic cookware: What you need to know

Ceramic cookware is popular because of its nonstick cooking surface. It also delivers a reliable cooking experience without the risk of harmful chemicals found in non-stick coatings, such as PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid).

Additionally, the cookware is highly durable and withstands the extreme temperatures of regular cooking. Even with all these benefits, it’s essential to take care of your cookware well to maintain its performance and protect the coating. Knowing how to clean ceramic cookware is crucial in protecting your pans and pots. Here is what you need to know.

Green ceramic pot on wooden table

Cleaning your cookware

Washing your ceramic cookware is best done by hand rather than using a dishwasher. Some dishwasher detergents have harsh chemicals that can ruin the surface of your cookware. Also, the cookware can be chipped or scratched by other items in the dishwasher.

So, here is how to clean your ceramic cookware the right way:

  • Step 1: After cooking, make sure your cookware cools down completely before submerging it in water. Cooling helps avoid shock to the cookware due to a sudden change in temperature.
  • Step 2: Wash it in warm, soapy water using a dishcloth or sponge. Ensure you remove all food particles while washing.
  • Step 3: Pay attention to both the inside and the exterior of the cookware, particularly the edges and where the handles connect. This is essential to remove food buildup in hidden spots.
  • Step 4: Once it’s thoroughly washed, be sure to rinse well with clean water. Inspect it for any food particles you may have missed.
  • Step 5: Once it’s clean, dry the cookware using a kitchen towel and store it properly.

Ceramic cookware usually has a smooth surface, so washing it by hand shouldn’t be an arduous process.

Removing burnt food remnants

Getting rid of burnt or stuck food remnants on your ceramic cookware is also an easy task. Even with a thorough cleaning, there’s likely to be some stubborn food particles on your cookware. While they don’t affect the cookware’s performance in any way, they’re unsightly and can attract ants and other pests. Follow these steps to remove stuck food using baking soda:

  • Allow the cookware to cool to room temperature and then submerge it in warm, soapy water for about 30 minutes.
  • Take the cleaning sponge and dip it into dry baking soda. Then gently scrub the cookware to remove the burnt food. Continue cleaning until the burnt food is cleared.
  • You can also sprinkle baking soda on the cookware while it’s wet, and then let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, scrub the cookware with a sponge in a circular motion.
  • Once it is clean, rinse it in warm water and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Baking soda helps keep your cookware looking great. You can also mix it with vinegar to create a mild abrasive for removing tough food remnants. Keep in mind that soda won’t ruin the cookware even if you use a little too much.

Dealing with stains

Over time, your cookware is likely to get stains and discoloration. This is normal with a lot of use. Fortunately, it’s possible to give your cookware a clean shine.
You can easily clean the stains using hydrogen peroxide, and here is how it’s done:

  • Once the cookware has cooled adequately, put about an ounce of hydrogen peroxide in it. It should completely cover the bottom of your cookware.
  • Fill the cookware with water and let it rest for about 30 minutes. The addition of water should create bubbles. This means the hydrogen peroxide is fresh.
  • Just adding water to the cookware with hydrogen peroxide can help remove stains. If this fails to work as expected, use a gauze cloth or soft bristle toothbrush to scrub the strains until they’re gone.
  • Wash the cookware with warm water and a soft sponge. Rinse and then dry it with a soft towel.

Hydrogen peroxide is ideal for removing stains because it has a gentle bleaching action. Be sure to use fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to ensure optimal results and also remember not to use heat.

Final thoughts

Ceramic pots and pans on a stove
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Keeping your pots and pans in top-notch shape requires you to learn how to clean ceramic cookware. Always wash new cookware before using it to remove dust particles. While using the cookware, avoid using metal utensils; instead, use wooden, silicone, or plastic spatulas and spoons. It’s also vital to avoid cutting food on your pan using a knife. This will lead to gouges and scratches. While cooking, stick to butter or oil and avoid sprays since they lead to residue buildup that’s difficult to clean.

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