From recent discussions it appears that many of us have experienced non-stick pans that don't retain their non-stick properties. When I was a kid I remember seeing a n/s pan demonstration in a department store and the presenter would make different foods and ONLY wipe out the pan with a paper towel in between each different food, as well as saying that was ALL that was necessary for cleaning. Through my years of n/s pan ownership, and being a cleanliness-obsessed American, I almost always threw them in the dishwasher after every use. I did notice that the n/s surface would eventually start to become 'dry' and lose its n/s abilities, but never tied this to using the dishwasher.
Fast-forward many years, and the last non-stick pans I bought (maybe 20 yrs ago?) had care instructions that included only hand-washing, and pre-wiping (and occasional re-wiping) with oil to maintain the n/s properties (no heating, just a light wiping after hand-washing). At that time I got into the habit of avoiding any soap on my n/s pans and only rinsing them with hot water after use and then wiping out any residue with a paper towel. This seemed to preserve the n/s properties in 'like-new' condition for the 10 yrs that I used them (I finally gave them away and I now use only SS and tin-lined pots and pans).
Does anyone else not use ANY soap on their n/s?
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