How To Clean Ceramic Pans & Enameled Cookware

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Ceramic cookware, both smooth and nonstick, is available in a wide array of colors.

Both the pale interior and the colorful exterior can become dingy and stained, however, so a regular cleaning regimen to remove burned on food particles is critical to keeping your ceramic cookware bright.

What You Need – Supplies

Keep baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, plastic scrubbing brushes and vinegar on hand to clean your ceramic cookware.

These products can also be used to clean many other sections of your kitchen such as cleaning stove drip pans.

Why they work:

  • Baking soda : Baking soda is an excellent abrasive on its own. It will also foam up when combined with soap, water or vinegar. This foaming action breaks up stubborn stains and breaks down grease.
  • Vinegar: The acidity in vinegar breaks down grease on its own. In addition, when used in combination with baking soda, it will cause extreme foaming and bubbling, oxygenating stains and releasing food from the surface of your cookware.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide will foam up inside your ceramic cookware when it comes in contact with burned on food.

How To Clean Ceramic Pans

Using Baking Soda

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the stain. Add a little dish soap to the powder to form a paste. Work the paste over the stain with a soft sponge or cloth.

You shouldn’t need to apply a lot of pressure; the abrasive nature of the soda will take up tiny particles of food and grease, as depicted in the video at the beginning of this guide.

Baking soda and hot water can clean up burned on food.

  1. Fill your stained pot or pan with water, bring it to a boil, and add two tablespoons of baking soda, stirring well with a ceramic safe utensil.
  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer and after a couple of minutes, work the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon gently to lift up the burned on food particles.

Using Vinegar

Keeping vinegar available in a spray bottle is a good decision in any kitchen; it’s a great natural degreaser and can be diluted for many purposes.

  1. For cleaning ceramic pans, if you’ve got a stubborn stain inside the pan or on the exterior, start with baking soda. Sprinkle it on thick and then make a paste with water instead of soap.
  2. Set the pot down into the sink, stain up, and apply vinegar via spray bottle. The result will be intense foaming, which is why you don’t want to be holding the pot while you spray the vinegar.
  3. Let the vinegar bubble away, and then scrub gently with a soft sponge. If you need more abrasion, wad up some cheesecloth for a gentle scrubbing pad.

Magic Eraser sponges are also an option as a scrubbing tool.

Purchase with care because many of these sponges are infused with scented soaps. You want the basic cleaning sponge.

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Using Hydrogen Peroxide

There are 3 important items to consider when using hydrogen peroxide:

  • Hydrogen peroxide has a shelf life. If you add it to the pot and it doesn’t bubble, you need new peroxide.
  • Only work on cold pots with this product, and don’t heat it up once it’s in the pot.
  • Rinse your pot or pan very well.


  1. In a cold pot, add an inch of hydrogen peroxide to the bottom.
  2. When it stops bubbling, fill the pot with water and let it sit for a few hours.
  3. Using a soft scrub brush or old toothbrush, gently work at the burned on food until it releases.
  4. Wash and rinse very well and allow to dry before using.

Chemistry Considerations

What you burned matters. Cleaning up onions is a challenge, but carbohydrates like rice may become one with the pot, particularly if you’re using a heavy cast iron ceramic lined casserole dish as opposed to a nonstick ceramic pan like Greenlife Pans.

Should you find yourself facing a stain that forces you to decide between removing the stain or damaging the pot, you’ll need to learn to live with the stain.

If you damage the lining of your casserole, there will be no way to prevent your ceramic pan sticking to whatever you’re cooking, and you may begin to see corrosion as well.

Final Thoughts

In our guide Teflon vs Ceramic guide we determined that ceramic nonstick cookware is a safe alternative to Teflon.

Ceramic cast-iron is a great alternative if you enjoy the heat and heft of cast iron cookware but don’t want to fiddle around seasoning these products.

In addition, these products are available in a wide array of colors. Investing in the right products for cleaning burnt ceramic pans will make it easy to keep your beautiful ceramic cookware looking sharp.

SEE ALSO: The Benefits Of Ceramic Cookware

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