Author Jean Morrison
Make your own cleaners for pots and pans
Apart from dishes, there is probably nothing we clean more often than our pots and pans. You will find some concoctions you can make for the purpose below.
You can even make scourers from household items too. Save your mesh onion bags and scrunch them up or take a sheet of aluminium foil and screw it up. For non-stick surfaces try using old clean panty hose scrunched into a ball.
Often the easiest thing to do is to put two or three cups of water into the pan and let it boil away gently whilst you eat your meal. Frequently this is all that is needed but if that doesn't work try the home-made remedies below:
Cleaning pots & pans:
Roasting and baking dishes:
Sprinkle the dish with baking soda. Mix 1 cup hot water with 1/3 cup of white vinegar. Pour this liquid into the roasting tin. Soak for half an hour. The baked on food will then lift off.
Non stick frying pans:
To remove odours of previously cooked food try sprinkling a tablespoon of baking soda into the frying pan. Add a cup of hot water and let the pan site for an hour. Empty and rinse.
Saucepans method 1:
If food has burned on to the bottom of your saucepan place 2 cups of water in the pan, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and bring the saucepan to the boil. Turn off the heat and let the pan sit for an hour, or, in worst cases, overnight, and the burned food should lift off.
Saucepans method 2:
If food is burned on to the pan place the cooled pan in the freezer. The food often comes of easier when it has been frozen.
If the pan is discoloured sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar and add 1 litre of water. Bring this mixture to the boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes. For bigger saucepans increase the ingredients proportionally. The saucepan should be nice and shiny again.
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