Tired of spending too much time scrubbing your pots and pans? This natural way to clean pans and pots is not only easy and enjoyable but it will extend the life of your pans and pots too.
Natural way to clean pans and pots
I’ve had this super duper Te-fal pan for a few good months now and I simply love it! I use it for cooking almost anything so it’s had its share of “abusing”; maybe that’s why I find it really hard to clean it properly.
I hate scrubbing as it may lead to scratches and eventually ruin my pots and pans (which have a few scratches already, from the stove grates), so I used give them a gentle clean, not much scrubbing involved, using the store bought cleaning products (I tried all of them!). Nothing left my beloved pan the way I wanted it: spotless.
And the fumes from the chemicals used to give me such headaches, I just had to stop using them. So I’ve been washing my pans and pots with dish washing soap only. And that took a toll on my pans and pots as you could see from the pictures. They weren’t scorched just yet but if I wasn’t going to use this natural way to clean pans, I guess they would pretty soon.
If you were wondering how to clean your pans and pots without using smelly, toxic chemicals, give this simple and inexpensive method a try. All you need is a few ingredients that you definitely have around the house and a few minutes to spare. And the best thing is, you can use this method on any type of pans and pots, of any material: copper, aluminium, stainless steel, cast iron etc. Plus you get to use an AMAZING homemade product: the citrus vinegar cleaner!
- My Citrus Vinegar Cleaner pictured above (I love this stuff! I use it to clean so many things around the house). If you are anxious to clean your pans and can’t wait for the citrus vinegar cleaner to get ready, just use lemon and vinegar (it won’t be as effective though)
- Baking soda
- An abrasive kitchen sponge
- An old toothbrush
- Spay the pan all around, handle included, with the citrus vinegar cleaner (avoid the teflon if you clean a teflon pan – I haven’t tried this method on the actual teflon!). If you don’t have the citrus vinegar cleaner, rub some lemon on the pan, leave to dry and then spray with white wine vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda generously over the areas you’ve just sprayed with citrus vinegar cleaner; it will bubble a little which is fine, that’s the whole point of this method.
- Spray some more citrus vinegar cleaner, making sure the baking soda doesn’t become too wet and starts dripping on the sides. Again, it will bubble some.
- Allow the mixture to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes, up to 30 (timing may change depending on how scorched your pans and pots are; you may need to experiment with your own pans and pots, that’s the time frame I applied on mine).
- Grab an abrasive kitchen sponge and gently start scrubbing, using the abrasive side not the soft one; you will find that you won’t need to scrub too hard, most of the scorched areas are cleaned already.
- Use the toothbrush for tiny areas such as the rim or around the handles.
- Give the pan a very thorough rinse; run your fingers around the pan to make sure all baking soda has been removed as it tends to stick to the pans even after rinsing.
- Enjoy your “brand new looking” pans and pots
Note: If your pans and pots are super scorched you may need to repeat the whole process. But if you use this natural way to clean pans and pots on a regular basis (i.e. after each use), you won’t need to spend much time on cleaning the pans, on each session.