6 weird cleaning hacks to make your pot & pans look good as new

6 weird cleaning hacks to make your pot & pans look good as new

A creamy, cheesy, slightly crispy-on-the-top-and-round-the-edges lasagne; a thick, cosy and comforting lamb stew; a beef roast, dripping in all the good kinds of fat, roasted with sticky honey parsnips.

All of these things are absolutely delicious. They’ll also all guaranteed to make an absolute mess out of your pans.

When you’re faced with stuck on food, burnt bottoms and thick grease, you need all the help you can get. Expert Home Tips have got 6 rather unusual, but extremely effective cleaning hacks to get your dirty pots, pams and oven trays spotless again.

Don’t waste time scrubbing – try these cleaning hacks today!

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1. Dryer sheets will make pots & pans sparkle

HOW TO USE A DRYER SHEET TO CLEAN PANS
Weird but it works!

Forget a scourer – what your dirty pot needs is a dryer sheet! It’s a mystery as to why this works, but we’re certainly glad it does.

To try this weird pan cleaning hack out, fill your pot with hot water and washing up liquid. Add a dryer sheet, and leave to soak for an hour. When you return, the dirt should be easy to remove, requiring little to no scrubbing from you.

What a miraculous cleaning hack! Time to stock up on those dryer sheets.

2. Tin foil is the best for scrubbing dirty pots

HOW TO CLEAN KITCHEN PANS WITH TIN FOIL
Be careful with sharp edges.

Tin foil is your best friend when it comes to removing burnt on food from dirty pots and oven trays. It’s particularly effective on glass and large roasting trays.

Make sure you don your rubber gloves for this one – they’ll give you more grip and also protect your hands from the foil’s sharp edges.

Tear off a sheet of aluminium foil, then scrunch into a ball. After you’ve soaked your pan in hot soapy water, begin to scrub with aluminium foil. It will make removing food and burnt spots easier than any other washing up tool you own.

For more incredible ways to use aluminium foil, check out Anushka’s article.

3. Vinegar & baking soda will make pans sparkle

HOW TO CLEAN DIRTY PANS WITH BICARBONATE OF SODA & VINEGAR
Now time for that fizz!

You know how much we love using natural products at Expert Home Tips. We’re happy to say one of our favourite combinations, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, is extremely effective for cleaning dirty pots and pans.

These natural products will do wonders for burnt marks, and really will make your pans, pots and oven trays look like new again.

Sprinkle the surface of your dirty pan with baking soda, then pour on a solution of 1 cup hot water and 1/3 cup vinegar. Allow the mixture to fizz away, and it will lift the food particles clean off, making your job much easier.

4. Clean dirty pans & pots using sugar cubes

This one is truly bizarre, but it does in fact work!

Just like aluminium foil, the hard and rough edges of sugar cubes means they’re ideal for breaking down tough, stuck on food.

Soak dirty pots and pans as normal, then remove any extra liquid before you start scrubbing to help prevent the cubes from dissolving.

They’ll make your job much easier!

5. Barkeeper’s Friend is amazing for cleaning pots, pans & oven trays

HOW TO CLEAN DIRTY PANS, POTS & OVEN TRAYS
Time to get cleaning!

Every cook should have Barkeeper’s Friend in their cleaning cupboard.

This product is specifically designed to tackle tough baked on food and scorch marks. It’s an absolutely brilliant tool to have in your kitchen, and makes cleaning pots, pans and over trays easier than ever.

Want proof? Just check out the amazing results The Kitchn got using Barkeeper’s Friend on their dirty pots and pans – seriously amazing!

6. Rhubarb makes cleaning pans easy!

HOW TO CLEAN DIRTY KITCHEN PANS
Make light work of tough stains!

This is a new one – or should I say old? It’s rumoured 1940s housewives used to rely on rhubarb to get their dirty kitchen pans clean.

Lacking in sophisticated products and cleaning tools, they would boil rhubarb in a burnt pan for 10 minutes, then remove, and clean as normal – astonishing!

It’s a pretty unusual idea, and not one we’d turn to every day. If you’ve got some rhubarb growing in your garden though, why not give it a try?

Now that’s what I call amazing cleaning hacks! Which one will you use to get your dirty pans, pots & oven trays clean?

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  1. 1 Donatello46 Reply

    As you say, using rhubarb as a cleaning product is an old trick but if you grow your own rhubarb, use the leaves rather than the stems, the active ingredient is oxalic acid and the leaves are richer in oxalic acid than the stems.

    For pots and pans, yes, boil up the leaves, for other surfaces, steep the leaves in hot water, squeeze them out and rub them over the surfaces or round the inside of stained cups BUT make sure you wear rubber gloves and rinse pots pans and cups thoroughly afterwards, oxalic acid is mildly poisonous, it’s extremely unlikely to cause major harm, especially in the quantities you would use for cleaning but it may cause stomach upset.

    Incidentally, oxalic acid is the active ingredient in Barkeeper’s Friend so the same caveats apply.

  2. 3 Maria Costa Reply

    I tried the baking soda and vinegar to clean the pots and it did not work. I tried it a second time and again it did not work!

    1. 4 Stephanie C Reply

      Hi Maria. I’m sorry you didn’t have any success with the bicarbonate of soda & vinegar tip. Perhaps you could try another method?

  3. 5 George Hill Reply

    The rhubarb tip is as you said is old but it is great for getting stains out of pans
    A further tip for dusting is spray polish on to a microfibre cloth before use and
    you may find that you don’t need to dust as often.

    From a man who now has had to take over the house work because wife taken
    into care due to Alzheimer’s

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