While constant use of our pots and pans will inevitably lead to them looking dirty, unpleasant or practically rust-like, there are actually several surefire tricks to restoring your cooking and baking tools from trash candidates to brand new.
Glassware Cooking Vessels: Because glassware tends to see a lot of use in baking, especially with things like brownies or lasagna, many stains and spots on glassware are baked onto their surface. While scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing with steel wool might get some of the nastiness out, a proper cleaning regimen for thoroughly-soiled glassware requires: a toothbrush you have no further use for, foil, water, baking soda and liquid dish soap.
- Submerge your toothbrush, or cloth with large pans, into the dish soap then into the baking soda.
- Use the toothbrush in circular motions to scrub the soap/soda paste into the dish.
- Once the pan is thoroughly covered, let the paste sit for up to half an hour.
- Rinsing the paste away with water and scrub any remaining detritus off with foil.
Stainless Steel Sheets: These culinary all-stars can quickly become dirtied through how often they’re called for. Fortunately, cleaning them takes even less ingredients than cleaning glassware. All you need to clean dirtied and stained stainless steel sheeting is hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a rough sponge or other wide scrubbing tool.
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the pan.
- Apply some hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda.
- Add another layer of baking soda over the mixture.
- Let the mixture sit between one and two hours, then scrub everything off with ease.
Alternately, you can use use a damp towel to spread baking soda over the pan, scrub it thoroughly with aluminum foil, thoroughly rinse it with warm, soapy water; then allow the steel to air dry for a while.
Aluminum Trays: Cleaning an aluminum tray is relatively easy, albeit a tad time-intensive. You will require water, distilled white vinegar, a pot and a scrubbing tool.
- Fill the pot with a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. While you may not need much water, the pot’s size will affect when the water boils.
- Remove the pot from heat, allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Dip your scrubber into the cooled water/vinegar mixture, then simply start scrubbing away at the stains and grime.
- Finish by rinsing with warm, soapy water.
Tarnished Copper Vessels: Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity…provided that there aren’t a thousand fragments of grime and stains impeding those energies. Restoring your copper to pristine condition merely requires white vinegar, table salt and a scrubbing tool.
- Place the copper items in your sink or some other area with a drain and easy access to water.
- Coat the tarnished spots with a reasonable amount of salt.
- Pour the vinegar over the salt, doing your best to avoid washing all of the salt away.
- Optional: Apply some more salt over the vinegar if you believe you are dealing with a serious tarnish.
- Leave the salt/vinegar mixture to soak for 10-15 seconds.
- Scrub away at the mixture with a vinegar-soaked sponge.
- Apply some salt to the vinegar-soaked pad and scrub over the rest of the copper.
- Rinse the pan and sponge clean with regular water.
Congratulations! You now have a comprehensive array of useful cleaning recipes to resort to when hot, soapy water just isn’t doing the job.