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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How do you clean burned stuff off of an aluminum pan?
By handicapped91 from Peabody, MA
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)
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
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)
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)
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