Nothing beats the feeling of cooking with your shiny new cookware. To keep your cookware in top condition they should be cleaned after each use. Sometimes stubborn stains or marks may appear, making cleaning pans a hassle. However, with a few home remedies and clever cleaning hacks, you can make the process much easier. In this article we have outlined some methods to bring life back to your pots and pans using remedies in the home.
Please note, whilst these cleaning tips can apply to a range of pots and pans, please refer to your product cleaning information to check these methods are appropriate for the material.
Scrub clean with baking soda and vinegar
Using baking soda and vinegar is a simple yet effective method of cleaning. Adjust the quantity of baking soda and vinegar to your preference depending on the sizes of your pots and pans.
- Use a spatula to remove any leftover debris from the pots and pans.
- Rinse the pots and pans with hot water to get rid of loose debris.
- Sprinkle some baking soda onto the pots and pans, focusing on areas with stains.
- Pour white vinegar over the baking soda. This will fizz, and this will help to remove debris.
- Allow the baking soda and vinegar mixture to sit on the pots and pans for about 15 minutes.
- Use a brush to scrub the pots and pans. Focus on any stains as the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive.
- Rinse the pots and pans with hot water.
- Wash with dish soap and hot water to ensure any remaining residue is removed.
Soak in boiling water and cleaning detergent
A classic method for cleaning your pots and pans thoroughly is by using boiling water and cleaning detergent. Whilst simple, the use of a cleaning detergent is sure to aid in removing dirt and leaving a clean finish.
- Fill a large pot with enough water to submerge the dirty pots. The amount of water depends on the size and number of pots you're cleaning.
- Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, add dishwashing liquid or a cleaning solution for pots and pans. Stir the water to ensure the soap is evenly distributed.
- Turn off the heat, and carefully place the pots into the hot, soapy water, ensuring they are fully submerged.
- Allow the pots to soak in the hot, soapy water for at least 30 minutes or longer if needed.
- Use a brush to scrub away the loosened residues.
- You can use a wooden or plastic utensil to gently scrape away debris.
- Rinse the pots thoroughly with hot water to remove any remaining soap or residue.
Polish clean with toothpaste
Toothpaste can be used for cleaning more than just your teeth. It can also be used to polish your pots and pans clean. Here’s how:
- Select a non-gel toothpaste that is white and non-abrasive. Avoid toothpaste with added whitening agents as they may scratch the surface.
- Rinse the pots with water.
- Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto the pots. You can apply it directly or use a soft cloth to spread the toothpaste evenly.
- Using a soft cloth or sponge, rub the toothpaste onto the pot's surface in circular motions.
- You can use an old toothbrush to apply the toothpaste and scrub more effectively.
- Rinse the pots thoroughly with water to remove the toothpaste.
Create a natural scrub with rice and vinegar
You can create a natural scrubbing solution using uncooked rice and vinegar. To do this, try the following steps:
- Place a small amount of uncooked rice into the pot or pan you want to clean.
- Pour enough white distilled vinegar into the pot or pan to cover the rice.
- Let the rice and vinegar mixture sit in the pot or pan for a few hours or overnight. This allows the vinegar to loosen stubborn stains.
- Take a handful of the soaked rice and use it as a scrubbing solution. The rice acts as a gentle abrasive that helps to lift off stubborn debris. If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of water.
- You can use a soft brush along with the rice to scrub the surface of the pot or pan.
- After scrubbing, rinse the pot or pan thoroughly with water to remove any remaining rice and vinegar.
With these home remedies, you can get your pans clean and sparkling. Remember, regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your cookware lasting longer and in great condition.