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, pans 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
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
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 ways to clean burnt pans, check out our blog post.
3. Vinegar & baking soda will make pans sparkle
You know how much we love using natural products here at Expert Home Tips. We're happy to say that 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
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.
6. Rhubarb makes cleaning pans easy!
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?