Understanding how to clean ceramic pots and pans properly will help your cookware last longer!
Ceramic-coated cookware offers a wonderful non-stick surface that makes cooking and cleaning up a breeze. Although these products are typically quite durable, they must be carefully cleaned, so you don’t damage the non-stick coating.
Cooking food at high temperatures can lead to stains in your ceramic, especially if you have lighter pots and pants. While it might be tempting to grab a steel wool sponge and scrub away, we must tell you to resist! Steel wool and harsh scrubbing can cause scratches in the ceramic coating, which will damage the non-stick surface and lead to more staining.
Cleaning Ceramic Cookware
Cleaning brand-new ceramic cookware should always be done by hand – not in the dishwashing machine. You’ll want to use warm, soapy water, rinse well, and hand dry with a soft dish towel to remove any ceramic dust that may have collected during shipping.
Then, you should clean your cookware after every use. Again, by hand! Not in the dishwasher.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Non-abrasive dish sponge
- Soft dishtowel
- Large sink
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Best Way to Clean Ceramic Pots and Pans
Here are step by step instructions for the best way to clean ceramic pots and pans:
- Allow the pan to cool completely
You want to avoid dunking a hot pan into cold water. This might be fine for your stainless steel pans, but quick changes in temperature can cause the ceramic coating to crack or chip.
- Fill your sink with warm water and dish soap
Pour a little bit of dish soap into the sink as it’s filling up. This will help disperse the soap and get the water nice and sudsy. When the sink is full enough to submerge your pots and pans, gently place them in the water. You may want to let them soak for a few minutes if there is any dried or cooked-on food.
- Wash gently
Use a non-abrasive dish sponge or dishcloth to clean your pots and pans. Remember, don’t scrub too hard! We’re going to go over how to get rid of stains in a moment.
- Rinse and dry
Rinse your pots and pans in clean water and dry with a soft dishtowel or allow to dry on a dish rack.
Remove Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide
Light-colored ceramic coated pots and pans are prone to discoloration after prolonged use. Luckily, these “stains” can be removed easily! All you need is some 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Pour enough hydrogen peroxide to fill the bottom of the pot or pan. If the stains go all the way up the edges, you’ll want enough hydrogen peroxide to fill the vessel!
Ideally, the hydrogen peroxide will bubble a little bit while it works. If you don’t see any bubbles, you may need to toss the liquid and buy a fresh bottle.
Let the pots and pans sit for about 30-minutes. The natural bleaching properties of hydrogen peroxide will remove any discoloration. Rinse your cookware well and let dry.
Tips for Beautiful Ceramic Cookware that Lasts
- Never put your ceramic-coated cookware in the dishwasher. The detergents may contain bleach and citric acid – both are too harsh for ceramic coating.
- When cooking, only use plastic, silicone, wood, or nylon. Metal cooking utensils can scratch the coating.
- Always cut food before cooking it in your ceramic pots and pans. Cutting in the pan can damage the coating.
- Avoid using cooking sprays that contain aerosol. This can leave buildup residue that is difficult to remove.
- Use a dishcloth or pad in between pots and pans when stacking, so you don’t scratch the coating.