Cleaning burned pots and pans is not an easy task. Say good riddance to grease and grime with these cleaning tricks.
- Don’t have a tough scrub pad? Crumple up a handful of aluminium foil and use it to scrub your pots.
- Scrub the pot with the abrasive side of your sponge. You may need to scrub for 30 to 45 seconds, but the burned spots should come up fairly easily. If the spots are especially stubborn, sprinkle a little dry baking soda on top of them to help abrade the burn marks away.
- Add the cup of vinegar to the pot, again adjusting the amount of vinegar based on the deepness of the pot and the area of the stain. For very large burns, add more vinegar. For smaller burns or shallower pans, add less. Place the pot or pan on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil. It shouldn’t take long before you start noticing a difference in the stain’s appearance.
- You can make the clean-up a lot easier by pouring some club soda in the pan while it’s still warm. The bubbly soda will keep the mess from sticking.
- Discoloured aluminium pots will sparkle again if you clean them with a mixture of 2 tablespoons cream of tartar dissolved into 1 quart (1 litre) water. Bring the mixture to a boil inside the pot and boil for 10 minutes.
- Your favourite pot has been left on the stove too long, and now you’ve got a burned-on mess to clean up. Place the pot in the freezer for a couple of hours. When the burned food becomes frozen, it will be easier to remove.
- Forget scrubbing. Instead, soak burned-on foods from casseroles with liquid fabric softener. Fill the casserole with water; add a squirt of liquid fabric softener, and soak for an hour, or until residue wipes easily away.