Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Magical 2 Ingredient No Scrub Pan Cleaner

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The Magical No Scrub Pan Cleaner


What a lovely picture, eh? Have you ever looked at your after-dinner pots and inwardly groaned? Or maybe you don't make a secret out of it and make your displeasure known to the world. "Why do you have to cook on high?!?" yells your not-so-inner critic.  Then you come up with a brilliant solution: you tell your teenager it's her turn to wash the pans that night. Ha!

See this post to get my awesome rice pudding recipe that was yummy to eat, but not so lovely after we finished. Thank goodness I know the magic secret sauce to getting rid of all the burned on junk with no work on my part.

2 Ingredients: Baking Soda and Water


I really, really like my stainless steel pans. They were a wedding gift from my family. My grandpa sold Saladmaster cookware from his young days until he had to stay home because of health issues - into his 80's. He loved his job.

The only inconvenient part of these pans is the decidedly non-stick feature of the metal. My set came with a small shaker jar of stainless steel cleaner. I didn't use it much. It left a residue on the pan after cleaning that took a few extra rinses to get off. BLECH! I pitched it in the trash.

I don't know when I learned this trick, but it's been a while. It works like a charm and is so easy. You just need baking soda and water.

It's best done soon after the pan has been used. It seems like the longer I let something sit in the pan, the harder it is to remove.

Instructions


Fill your pan with enough water to cover the worst burned-on food. Sprinkle in a generous amount of baking soda. Maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons. (I just dump it in from the box.)

Turn your stove on high and let the water boil. As it boils, it turns the baking soda into a mild abrasive - scrubbing all the food off for you without scratching the surfaces.

Within a few minutes you'll see the burned stuff coming loose from the pan and floating to the top. If you are not like me, you'll know to turn the stove down to medium high to boil gently after it starts boiling to begin with.

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I was too late.

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Here it comes. It just peels right up. Gotta love baking soda!

Use your best judgment to know when to take it off the heat. You can let it cool a bit before finishing the job in your sink. If you want you can let it sit overnight. It should just need a good rinse. It will be like magic!

Be warned: stainless steel has been known to warp if it goes from hot to cold too quickly. Thank goodness it's never happened to me, but it did happen to my mom. The pan was totally ruined.

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Easy peasy! You'll have your pan looking as good as new in no time.

Let me know if it works for you!

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If you like this tip and think someone else could use it, please share! I would be so grateful!





27 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm visiting from Frugal Friday. I love this idea. I'll be trying it the next time I make a batch of homemade of tomato sauce. Betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty! I hope you have as much success with it as I have.

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  2. Wow...such a great trick!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  3. Hi Betty,
    I have featured your post this week on my Pick of the Week. I loved it as it worked such a treat. I hope you don't mind I have used your picture and linked back to you.
    Julie

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  4. What a lifesaver this non-toxic gunk removal method is! I can't tell you how many times I have encountered this problem! Thank you for sharing this green, DIY cleaning solution with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it. I’m pinning and sharing!

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  5. What a great trick. I could have saved myself a lot of scrubbing if I had known this in the past. LOL Thanks for sharing this practical tip!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it going forward.

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  6. I have to try this. I hate scrubbing pans

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  7. This is an excellent tip for a problem I'm sure we've all had. Pinned and Tweeted. Thank you for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  8. Isn't baking soda the BEST stuff for anything!! I take it with water when I have a sore tummy, I have it in the fridge to get rid of smells....now I will use it to clean my pans as well! Thanks for this tip, I never thought of this Kathryn! Brilliant!

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  9. That's great! I knew people have taken it for indigestion for years, but I never seem to remember when someone here has an upset stomach. Thanks for the reminder. And you're going to love it for your pans. :)

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  10. Baking soda is magical. Just yesterday I was trying in vain to get a water spot off of our stainless steel trash can (I'm still made that I have to clean our trash can, why did anyone ever decide stainless steel trash cans were a good idea?) and baking soda finally did the trick.

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  11. I honestly don't know why anyone thought stainless steel appliances in general were a good idea! Cool trick to know. I'll keep that in mind. The steel shows EVERYTHING!

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  12. Yes, our old white appliances were way easier to clean.

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  13. I've always had white appliances until this latest house. They definitely hide the dirt better!

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  14. Kathryn, It's a little curious that you posted this when I have a pot sitting on my stove with burnt on spiced apple cider!! Thanks for reading my mind. You're a life saver

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  15. Hi Kathryn, You are right, it is like a magic, I am going to try it soon. Thanks for the post dear.

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  16. You are welcome, Sadhna. Hope it works for you!

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  17. Seriously? Maybe I'm psychic and magic! 😀 I hope the baking soda lifts all of it away for you. If it's been sitting a while you might want to let the boiling water cool overnight in the pan to make sure it unseals the food all the way. Good luck!

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  18. What a great tip Kathryn. And you know we all hate having to scrub pots and pans. I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for the tip.

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  19. My mom taught me this trick. It works like a charm!

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  20. I'm so glad you chimed in that it works! Thanks for the testimonial. :)

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  21. Wonderful! If you have success I would love to know about it, Mary.

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  22. This is what Nate uses to clean our toughest pans! <3

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  23. You have a smart man on your hands! I'm glad it works for you too. :)

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  24. CathyLynchLawdanskiApril 25, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Such a great tip! I shared it on the MySideof50 FB page this weekend!

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  25. Cathy, thank you so much! I saw a bump in page views for this and now I know why. I'm so glad you used it and loved it. Thanks for sharing!!

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