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Properly cleaning your pots and pans will help them last longer and look nice. This is a page about cleaning pots and pans.


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By 2 found this helpful
November 20, 2012

Rather than soak and scrub hard to remove baked on, caked on food from pots/pans try this. Add a little water and place back on the stove and simmer. While simmering, take a wooden turner or spatula and gently scrap away the baked on food. Then wash pan as usual in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry.
This process is similar to "deglazing" pan juices to make a sauce only this time you're cleaning the pan, not making a sauce.

Total Time: 10-15 minutes


  1. Add water to pot/pan.
  2. Place on stove burner set on medium to low heat.
  3. Let simmer 10-15 minutes tops.
  4. Gently scrape with a wooden turner/spatula to loosen food particles.
  5. Wash, rinse, and dry as usual.
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November 4, 2009

When you have used your oven for cooking or baking and have pots and pans that have to be hand washed, place them upside down on the rack in the warm oven to dry. Do not forget to remove them before you preheat the oven. To remind myself that something is temporarily in the oven, I stick a decorative magnet on the top of the stove.


By it' from NE PA

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By 3 found this helpful
March 12, 2019

I found an otherwise nice large pizza pan with perforated holes in the free box at a moving sale. It was covered front and back with dried on grease spots (the tan sticky kind) and I wondered if I could save it because it was a nice heavy aluminum one, good for crispy crusts.

I tried with a new SOS type pad (I like the Canadian ones from $Tree, cut in half so it's easier to get in grooves and tight spots) and nothing happened. Nada. The spots were still hanging on for dear life. This was with a hard scrub.

Then I tried this. I took my large soup pot and half filled it with water and heated it to about simmer. Then I put it in the kitchen sink. I got a plastic ladle and brought the pizza disk over to the edge of the pan, ladled hot water about 4 times over on a couple of inches and scrubbed.

The heat melted the oil as if it were fresh and it came right off. I finished the whole disk in 10 minutes, both sides; it was the largest size made. I am going to be 75 at the end of the month, and it took me this many years to solve this kind of cleaning problem? For non-sticks, I'd use a plastic scrubby. I had to use about 1/2 the scrub power that I'd tried before the hot water.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 10, 2010

Do the insides of your pots look dull after washing them in the dishwasher? Want the shine back? Cover the bottom of the pot with tomato sauce, ketchup, or tomato soup, let stand overnight, and wash by hand the next day - the shine will be back. The acid from the tomatoes eat away that dullness.


By Raelene from Clarksville, TN

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By 0 found this helpful
June 11, 2010

The easiest way to clean pots and plans with dried stuck on gravy or pans with ridges in them is to fill them with water, take a glass brush, and scrub. Poof! All uck is gone in seconds. Make sure it is a glass brush and not a bottle brush.

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June 4, 20041 found this helpful

If your in the habit of "soaking" cooked on food in your pots or bowls, in "hot water"! Stop immediately! Never, never use "hot" water! The food thinks it is still cooking and will just about stay "stuck on".

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October 3, 2007

The best cleaner for dirty pans, crock pots, etc. is dishwasher soap! Just put about a tablespoon full into the pan with some hot water ...

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June 10, 20040 found this helpful

If you are having trouble getting off tough, dry, crusty food stains off of pots and pans, I have an easy, quick solution for you! Take the troublesome pot/pan and fill it with hot water.

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January 2, 2015

I purchased a new set of non stick skillets and didn't know a piece of paper was attached to the bottom. I have an electric stove and was using the skillet when I saw something was burning. It was the paper attached to the bottom of the skillet. Now the glue is still on the bottom and I can't get it off. Please help me so I can use this new skillet. I tried elbow grease and a Brillo pad, but I don't want to scrub the paint off. Any and all help would be most appreciated.


By aljrunge from Clearwater, Fl


December 4, 20170 found this helpful

You may still be able to use it. It may need to burn itself off.

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December 27, 20130 found this helpful

How do you remove baked on stains from pots and pans?



January 8, 20140 found this helpful

Bar Keepers Friend. It's a non-abrasive cleaning powder found with other cleaning products. I have a set of Kitchen Craft Pots and pans that I inherited from my mother. They are roughly 15 years old and still look brand new!

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