I burnt the inside of a very strong, expensive aluminum pot. It's been in the family for years. I'd say, it's from the 1950's, and I don't want my mother to find out about it. My hand hurts from scraping it so much with a knife. I left it for 1 day, soaking with soap, in hot water. It helped very little. I know someone out there can help me. Thanks ever so much.
By Carolina from Oakland, CA
I use a fine grain steel wool on my aluminum kitchen sink to remove scratches and such. You could start with fine and then move to a coarser steel wool if it's not effective. Don't kill me though if something happens. I've only done this on my kitchen sink. (11/29/2009)
I have had good luck with powdered Bar Keeper's Friend for all sorts of cookware disasters, aluminum and stainless steel. It's not abrasive if you use a cleaning rag. I let it sit a bit before I scrub if the gunk is really cooked on. A used toothbrush can be very helpful around handle fittings. (11/29/2009)
You could try putting water in the pan and boil it so the burned on food will loosen up enough to remove easier. I've done this before with success. (11/29/2009)
If all it has is burnt food on a plain aluminum pan (no coatings), just fill it full of water and simmer it for a couple of hours, and let soak overnight. Then go get a pumice stone, either in beauty/feet area/or beauty supply or kitchen area. Get one with completely flat side and start softly scrubbing.
Anything that's crusted on actually creates a raised surface and pumice restores everything to same level by scrubbing off anything raised. It will even polish your pot, but the idea is to keep it flat side down so polishing is uniform. You'd be amazed what you can get off with those stones. (11/29/2009)
The easiest way to clean it is with either cream of tartar or powdered dishwasher soap.
Put water in the pot and add a TBSP of either of these items and bring to hard rolling boil, put the lid on the pot and let it sit overnight. All burned on food should be loosened by morning. If there is anything left just repeat the process!
This works like magic on pots and pans that you might otherwise throw away! (11/30/2009)
Put a small amount of water in the burnt pain, heat water to a boil. Cover the burned mess with any type powered dishwasher detergent. Turn off heat. Let it sit overnight. Your pan should come clean very easily. Good luck to you! (12/03/2009)
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