How to clean the Food52 x Greenpan set of 2 mint green nonstick pans

Hello, I've had these pans for 2 years, and I have 2 questions about cleaning them. 1) Soon after purchasing, the bottoms became discolored in a way that I'm unable to scrub off. How do I clean the bottoms? 2) I recently accidentally left something on the stove; it burnt, and the inside of the pan also now appears to have polymerized oil on the surface, or something like that. How do I clean this without ruining the nonstick coating? Cleaning with dish soap and a sponge, and soaking for 24 hours have no effect. Thanks! See pics for more info.

Bradley
  • Posted by: Bradley
  • September 5, 2021
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drbabs September 5, 2021
From the Greenpan website:
HOW CAN I DEEP CLEAN MY PAN?
For the interior: Fill the pan halfway with water and bring it to a near boil for about 2 minutes. Pour out the water and place the pan on a sturdy surface such as a wooden cutting board. Carefully use a restoring sponge (melamine) on the warm surface, this should do the trick. For the exterior: Mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Rub the paste on the stains with a dishcloth or soft-bristled cleaning brush and rinse with white vinegar.

They also have a help line if you have more questions: 1.877.926.6526
 
702551 September 5, 2021
I would first try Bar Keepers Friend:

https://www.barkeepersfriend.com/products/cleanser/

They make a number of cleaners including one formulated for cookware but I don't bother with the latter anymore; I just stick with the original 1882 formula these days.

It is highly unlikely that the bottom of your pan will ever return to its original condition but you can certainly fade a lot of the more unsightly spots. Note that the discoloration on the pan's exterior really has no effect on the cooking performance.
 
aargersi September 5, 2021
Ugh that’s a tough one! Try simmering a mix of white vinegar / water / baking soda - that might get through the oil. Not sure about the outside, when mine go I just live with it. I mean, I wash them but don’t try to get them back to new.
 
Bradley September 17, 2021
Baking soda and vinegar mixed together equals .... water.

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/vinegar-baking-soda-cleaning-mixture-myth-36880375
 
Bradley September 5, 2021
Here's a picture of the inside of the pan:
 
Food52-Community September 10, 2021
Hi Bradley! Glad to see that some really great cleaning tips have been shared with you above. Were you able to give them a try? If you continue to have trouble you're welcome to write us at [email protected] for more guidance. You may also want to check out the following article, especially the "How To (Properly) Clean & Store)" section: https://food52.com/blog/25458-how-to-care-for-nonstick-pans
 
Bradley September 17, 2021
Thanks! As a scientist, I am continually bewildered by professionals who claim that mixing baking soda and vinegar is an effective cleaning method. It's not. If you don't understand this, please check out the link below. I contacted the GreenPan customer service to let them know about this bogus advice on their website, and the response gave me zero confidence in their staff scientific abilities and attention to detail. I won't be buying their products again.

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/vinegar-baking-soda-cleaning-mixture-myth-36880375
 
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