We’ve all got perfectly good pots and pans in our kitchens that have one problem: stains. Maybe you think they’ve been baked on so many times that they’ll never come out. Or maybe you just had a little mishap last night and are now wondering how you’ll get rid of the mess. To help your pots and pans look like new again, here are some cleaning hacks for removing those stains.
1. Interior Stains: Boil
For cleaning stains and spots inside your pans, fill it with an inch or so of water and a couple of drops of dish soap. Put it right back on the stove and bring that soapy water to a boil.
2. Interior Stains: Simmer
After the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and let things simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Interior Stains: Scrape
After the simmering is done, pour the hot water down the sink and grab your rubber, plastic, or silicone spatula — something stiff that won’t scratch. Now, the burned-on bits should be loose enough to scrape away. Now you can cook dinner without that baked on mess.
4. Exterior Stains: Soak
For stains on the outside of your pots and pans, submerge them in warm, soapy water for about 1 hour.
5. Exterior Stains: Make a Paste
Toward the end of the soaking period, grab some Bar Keeper’s Friend powdered cleanser (it’ll cost you just a couple bucks at most supermarkets). Measure out 1 Tablespoon into a small bowl, then add 1 teaspoon of water and stir until it forms a paste.
6. Exterior Stains: Scrub
Now, take your paste and scrub it into the stain with a soft brush or non-abrasive sponge that won’t scratch the surface. Then rinse the paste — and the stains — right away. Hopefully these cleaning tips help you make your pots and pans look new again!