How to Remove Melted Plastic From Nonstick Cookware

An unattended spatula, spoon or lid can leave messy melted plastic inside non-stick cookware. If the melted plastic is not removed, the non-stick pan could be ruined. Several methods remove melted plastic from non-stick cookware without damaging the non-stick coating. Because melted plastic is more difficult to remove after it hardens, act quickly to save your non-stick pans.

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Carefully remove melted plastic from non-stick pans to prevent damaging the coating.

Dissolve

Step 1

Soak a soft cloth or paper towel with nail polish remover.

Step 2

Gently rub the melted plastic with nail polish remover to dissolve the melted plastic. Repeat as necessary until all of the plastic is removed.

Step 3

Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.

Simmer

Step 1

Add 1 tbsp. baking soda and enough water to cover the plastic to the pan.

Step 2

Heat the water to a simmer and continue heating until the plastic has loosened.

Step 3

Scrape the plastic off the pan with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula. Repeat as necessary until the plastic has been removed.

Step 4

Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.

Freeze

Step 1

Place the pan in the freezer until the plastic has frozen, making it brittle and easier to remove.

Step 2

Scrape the plastic with a wooden spoon or hard plastic spatula until it has all been removed. Repeat as necessary.

Step 3

Thoroughly wash and rinse the pan before using it to cook food.


Lane Madison

Lane Madison is a freelance writer and editor with over eight years experience as a corporate paralegal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and English and a paralegal certificate. Her writing has been published on various websites.