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3 Powerful Gunk Removal Hacks For Pots And Pans

All using things you can find in your kitchen!


Many of us, if not all, have struggled with scrubbing down stained pots and pans—from food residue to burnt grease, the backs of cooking equipment seem to be a magnet for dirt build-up. You've probably experimented with abrasive chemicals and spray-on cleansers but nothing ever works well enough that you end up not using these pots anymore.

Lucky for you, you can now put away your rubber gloves and rest your tired arms, we've found three homemade cleaning solutions that are cheap, effective, and chemical-free! 

Main photo from: Purensa


This natural cleaner works best on copper-bottom and stainless pans. All you have to do is apply a generous amount of ketchup and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub off with a non-scratch sponge and the burnt bits should crumble right off. Repeat the process if you want to make the steel brighter. 

RL Tip: If you're not too keen on using ketchup, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste work just as well. 

Photo from First For Women.  

Baking Soda + Hydrogen Peroxide

What can't this mixture not do? Start with pouring a thick layer of baking soda then saturate it with hydrogen peroxide. Wait for it to form a  lather, leave overnight, and scrub with a hard brush to help remove the dirt. 

Photo from Electified Living.  

Cream of Tartar 

This is probably the most unexpected cleaning hack of the bunch but just as effective as everything else. Create a paste out of three-parts cream of tartar and one-part water. Apply to stained sections of the pan and leave for 10 minutes to half an hour. Wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. 

Photo from Fab Art DIY.

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