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Ways to Easily Clean Pots and Pans
October 15, 2016 | By Tina Villa

Ways to Easily Clean Pots and Pans


By Tina Villa


 


After a well-attended dinner party and endless stories shared over good food, the wares have piled up in the kitchen, and that’s where the real work starts.  It’s time to face the music at the kitchen sink and clean those pots and pans.  These chores won’t be a hard thing to do if you know these simple natural cleaning hacks: 


 


·         Non-stick – Simply wash with hot, soapy water with a soft sponge.  Avoid using the green scrubbing fiber on your sponge as it will surely damage the non-stick material on your pan.  But for tough to remove grime, put the pan in the freezer. After it has cooled for 30 minutes, the burnt food should come off easily.


 Non Stick


·         Stainless steel – Simply wash with hot, soapy water.  To help bring back its shiny finish, moisten a soft cloth with white vinegar, rub on the surface, and rinse after.


 Aluminum


·         Cast iron – To take off burnt food, make a natural scrubbing paste by using coarse salt and vegetable oil, and then rinse with hot water and dry.  Season the cast iron with vegetable oil to avoid rusting during storage.  Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves when using hot water to protect your hands from getting scalded.


 Cast Iron


·         Anodized aluminum – Unsightly scorch marks on this metal are caused by high heat.  To address discoloration, boil a mixture of 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar and 1 quart of water and bring the mixture to a boil in the pot or pan for about 15 minutes.  Apply the same solution for the exterior with a sponge.


 Anodized


·         Copper – Simply wash it with soap and hot water, but to keep those beautiful copper pots and pans shiny and bright, rub lemon halves on the exterior, buff with a soft cloth, and then rinse.  The acids that are naturally present in the lemon will help remove the tarnish. 


 


 


It’s quite easy right?  So, put your favorite music on, and sing along as you clean away!



Tina Villa is a freelance lifestyle writer and the editor of lifestyle site www.tinavilla.com where she writes about her latest beauty and fashion finds, her love for design and beautiful interiors, travelling to interesting places and discovering new gastronomic delights. She lives in the Philippines with her husband Mickey and their highly sociable basset hound named Droopy. On weekends, she and her husband enjoys going on long distance outdoor bike rides or going on impromptu out of town adventures.

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