How does one clean an aluminum baking pan that has baked on oil?
By Alice from Russell, MB. Canada
Use an SOS pad (a steel wool pad with soap in the USA) and lots of elbow grease.
truerblue in PA
Engine shampoo for aluminum blocks works fine. Spray it on, let it work for a minute or two, lightly scrub or agitate with a soft dish-washing brush or sponge, rinse with warm water. This does not dull the shine of polished aluminum.
It also works well on stainless steel.
I would make sure that you know what the ingredients are in the engine shampoo before using it in a cooking pan because chemicals do leach in to them that could be harmful to your health. TSP is safe for cleaning cookware but is not really environmentally friendly because it's not easily removable during sewer water filtration. The safest way is to make a paste of baking soda and water, use a heavy duty scrubbing sponge and elbow grease. ;-)
I take a cheap can of oven cleaner ($1) & spray a heavy coat onto the bad areas, then seal it in a plastic bag over night. The next day use rubber gloves & S.O.S. pad to remove the build up. Then make sure you wash it very well with dish soap & rinse, to get oven cleaner completely off for reuse. It may, or may not discolor the aluminum somewhat...but does not harm it. (I use this same procedure when cleaning my grill top every time I grill out.)
The easy way for me is cheap. I put a drop of dish soap and fill pan with boiling water, and let it sit til it cools. Very rare is the time when I have to do this twice but it works and no elbow grease needed.
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I have a 13 X 9 inch aluminum baking pan. I baked a chicken in it with water underneath the plastic baking bag. It left dark gray water marks on the bottom of my shiny pan. Is there any hope I can remove this?
I have used cream of tartar, lemon juice, and vinegar so far. Anyone have an idea how I can get the pan back to shiny again? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
By Oneta from Fort Worth, TX
Boil some rhubarb stalks in it. It works wonders. (02/26/2010)
It's a baking pan. Why bother? The stains are not harmful. (02/27/2010)
Try Barkeeper's Friend (cleanser); you can get at WalMart. (02/27/2010)
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)
How do you clean burned stuff off of an aluminum pan?
By handicapped91 from Peabody, MA
If the pan does not have plastic or wooden handles, or if you can remove the plastic/wood handles, you can put aluminum pans in a self-cleaning oven. It's easy and does an amazing job of cleaning them. I cleaned some WearEver pans that way and they came out like new. (06/29/2009)
The tip about the self-cleaning oven would not be advisable for any pan with non-stick finish, also Wearever pots are quite thick and strong and perhaps can stand the high heat of such treatment
but thinner metal might be damaged this way.
I've read tips that say adding enough liquid laundry softener to cover burns on bottom of pan and letting pan soak several hours makes it easier to clean it. I also read you can use 1 (or maybe 2) softener sheets plus enough plain water to cover the affected area instead of the liquid softener. Good luck. God Bless. (06/30/2009)