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I have to clean up a little because .. anyways my pots and pans have black grease gunky stuff on it. I tried getting “drip it” and tried boiling baking soda to clean off the pot but nothing is coming off. Does anyone have any home remedies to clean their pots and pans. These stains are pretty old. Thanks in advance.

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comet and some elbowgrease (using steel wool)?

I'd try goo gone on them. I haven't trashed pans since I've discovered goo gone but it might work. Seems to work great with everything I've used it for (except the red blow pen splatters on the wall <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif" border=0>

I'm not sure about this, but I know my grandma used to put a dish with ammonia in the oven and let it sit overnight. Stunk something awful, but it got black gunk off the walls of the oven. Perhaps it would work with dishes too?

buttermeup said: [Q]I'm not sure about this, but I know my grandma used to put a dish with ammonia in the oven and let it sit overnight. Stunk something awful, but it got black gunk off the walls of the oven. Perhaps it would work with dishes too?

Ohhhh...I do that with my oven racks and the grates on the grill. Put them in a trash bag and pour amonia in it and let it sit overnight.

shopliftinginva said: [Q]
Ohhhh...I do that with my oven racks and the grates on the grill. Put them in a trash bag and pour amonia in it and let it sit overnight.


Would that some how damage my pots? Its not anodized aluminum. I have copper sandwiched pots... and yes using steel wool.

kawaii said: [Q]Would that some how damage my pots? Its not anodized aluminum. I have copper sandwiched pots... and yes using steel wool.

I wouldn't think so. Here's something I found though. Might want to try this first.

Pots & Pans:
To clean burnt and scorched pans, sprinkle liberally with baking soda, adding just enough water to moisten. Let stand for several hours. You can generally lift the burned portions right out of the pans. On non-stick cookware, stubborn stains can be removed by boiling 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1 cup of water for ten minutes. Before using, season pan with salad oil. For copper pots, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add 3 tablespoons of salt. Then spray the solution on copper pot. Let stand, then rub clean. Rub on Worcestershire sauce or catsup, and tarnish will disappear. Or dip lemon halves in salt and rub.

Found a site mentioning using amonia. I think it's fine Kawaii.

Cleaning a Pan Bottom

When you have a dirty frying pan, try this cleaning method. It usually will remove all the black, cruddy buildup from the bottom of a pan or an electric skillet, for that matter. Place the pan or skillet upside-down, inside a plastic garbage bag. Pour ammonia onto the back of the pan, but avoid getting ammonia on the cooking surface side. Lay an absorbent cloth over the ammonia and then add more ammonia until the rag is saturated. Close the plastic bag, making an airtight seal. Let the pan soak overnight, or for at least eight hours. Remove the pan from the bag and rinse it off in hot water. Use a steel wool scrubbing pad to eliminate extra-tough spots. And that's the On The House tip for today.


You could maybe try searching the "Hints from Heloise"?

Usually when you get black grease on your pot it's best just to throw it out and not try to roll it into something. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

If you are as fanatic about this as I am, you learn to scrub the pans thoroughly after EACH use, and the problem barely shows up.

i'm not sure how bad your pots and pans are BUT i've tried this with great success. but first, keep in mind though that this was done on pans that i am not sentimentally attached to. i'm not sure if it'll ruin your pans otherwise..

technique:
i bought oven cleaner, sprayed it on the pots and pans. let it set overnight and the next day, i wipe it down along with all the gunky stuff and now? it's beatiful! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>
least amount of energy expended for the maximum shine.

but keep in mind oven cleaners can be caustic so keep the ventiliation open, make sure your pans aren't porous and all that good stuff.

Im a guy, so I would probably use a pressure washer.



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