Hardened grease or burnt food are the most difficult to clean. With time, your pots and pans darken and the bright aluminum or stainless steel vessels lose their shine. Here’s how to clean burns and stubborn stains, so that your pots, pans and vessels look like new.
- Soak the stained pans or pots in a solution of warm water and baking soda. Add two tablespoons of baking soda to a liter of water and you’ll be able to clean all traces of grease, a few hours after the vessels are soaked.
- Pour carbonated mineral water in the pan you fried meat or donuts. It is advisable to add mineral water as long as the fat is warm, so that it can be detached easier.
- Aluminum pots and pans will regain their shine, if you clean them with potassium bitartrate (sometimes translated as “cream of tartar”), an acid salt that is used in the kitchen for preparing fluffy marshmallows or cookies. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar in a liter of water, heat the solution in an aluminum pot and wait until it reaches boiling point. Then let it cool slowly and clean thoroughly with a fine sponge.
- Fabric softener can be useful if you want to soften all grease spots well. Pour a little balm in a bowl with hot water and put to soak the pot covered with burned fat. It will be much easier to clean up after a few hours.
- Brass pots can be polished with ketchup. Cover the stained areas with a thick layer of ketchup and let him operate for at least half an hour. Then rub the area with a sponge, rinse and wipe with a paper towel immediately.
- Add salt in warm water and put the pots and pans to soak overnight. The next day, hardened layers of fat will be more easily removed with abrasive scouring powder.
- If you burn your food, add a few tablespoons of vinegar and water in that pot and let it boil for a few minutes. Vinegar is also great for glassware, stained and burned in the oven.