Help! Why Is Food Sticking to My Nonstick Skillet?

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Crispy pancakes, gooey grilled cheese, fluffy scrambled eggs—is there anything a nonstick pan can’t do? Actually, yes. A buildup of food and grease can cause your nonstick skillet to act up, making that diner-perfect fried egg anything but. Here’s a simple fix to get that nonstick pan up to snuff in no time.

Need a quick fix? Make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Using a soft brush, rub the mixture into your pan in a circular motion. The baking soda will start turning brown, which means it’s working to remove the grease. Once residue is removed, give the pan a rinse, then dry.

Food still sticking? No sweat. Simmer a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water in the pan for about ten minutes. Once the mixture has cooled, wash your pan in warm, soapy water with a soft brush, then rinse and dry. Ta-da—good as new. (If food is still sticking or the finish is worn, then you’re probably due for a replacement.)

Huzzah! Now what should I cook in my sparkling new skillet? Everything and anything, but this raspberry crepe cake is especially tasty.

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Executive Editor

Alexia Dellner is an executive editor at PureWow who has over ten years of experience covering a broad range of topics including health, wellness, travel, family, culture and...