Unique Tricks To Clean Stubborn Dirt And Grime From Cookware


You’ll need all the support you can get when you’re dealing with stuck-on food, scorched bottoms, and heavy grease. We’ve got some unique but highly efficient cleaning methods to make your dirty pots, pans, and oven trays sparkling clean again. Instead of wasting time scrubbing, try some of these unique cleaning techniques.

Use A Plastic Pan Scraper

A plastic pan scraper doesn’t care if it’s made of glass, enameled cast iron, or stainless steel. Is there any elbow grease required? Maybe a little, but if you genuinely lean into it, you won’t harm your scraper.

Simply wipe away any remaining food with your finger and toss it into the sink. If necessary, scrub it with a soapy sponge and hot water. When using a pan scraper, there is no soap receptacle to worry about at all.

It does not hold odors. Like a bristle brush, it doesn’t get in the way of your tap handles either, as it’s pretty easy to store. What’s more, a pan scraper won’t harm nonstick pans at all.

Vinegar And Baking Soda

Vinegar is a fantastic all-around cleaner, as it can even be used to clean concrete floors thoroughly.

To clean your pan, on the bottom of the pan, pour a small layer of equal parts water and white vinegar. Allow the diluted vinegar to come to a boil over the heat.

Now remove it from the heat after a minute and leave the vinegar in the pan. In the empty pan, sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda. Allow 5-10 minutes for it to fizz. Baking soda is an abrasive product that can promise stain removal. Massage the baking soda into the dirt and grime with a scouring pad or pan scraper to remove any lingering burn scars from the pan’s bottom.

Then rinse it thoroughly.

Try Coca-Cola Soak

Coca-cola is another ingenious cleaning product.

You can use cola to help remove baked-on grease from your pots and pans because of its grease-removing properties. Put a can of Coke in a pot or saucepan and place it on a low heat stove. Remove it from the heat after 30 minutes to an hour. Scrub the filth away with a scouring pad or pan scraper.

This technique can be used to remove foods that have adhered to the pan after cooking, such as rice, pasta, or eggs, but it will still require some intense scrubbing with a scouring pad to get rid of the toughest stains. A baking pan can be used in the same way, but it can be more difficult.

In a pot, heat the Coke, then pour the hot coca-cola into the pan, scrape, and rinse.

After you’ve cleaned and polished your pans and pots, you’ll want to keep that gleaming finish. Cleaning them with this simple technique is relatively straightforward.

Use parchment paper, baking paper, or even aluminum foil to cover your sheet pan whenever you’re going to use it to help avoid that gunky brown residue from forming again. The food won’t stain the sheet pan if it never touches it.

You can toss the sheet aside when done cooking.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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