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You've Been Cleaning Your Pots Wrong All Along

Learn how to remove excess grease with ease

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Photography: @liketoknow.it.home via Instagram and Apartment Therapy (Main Photo)

Nothing is worse than finding out you've drenched your expensive iron or metal pots and pans in cooking lard after whipping up a delicious meal for the family. Aside from slowly ruining your kitchen essentials, it can be a pain to wash off—you can tire out your arm from scrubbing and none of the dirt will come off.

Don't worry, we won't let you be defeated by a simple cleaning challenge. We found an easy way to save your must-haves without having to buy new ones. Check it out below: 

What you need: 

  • 1 large, raw potato, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons of rock or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (flax, grapeseed and peanut oils work very well!)
  • paper towels
  • How-to: 

    1. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt into the pan. A half cup of salt is enough for a standard 12-inch skillet—if you're cleaning something bigger, feel free to add more. 

    2. Place the potato cut side down on the salted pan and start scrubbing. Make sure to follow a circular motion and apply a good amount of pressure to get every last bit of grease out. Don't forget to clean the sides, the handle, and the bottom of your pan, too!

    3. Once the pan is grease-free, wash it as you normally would with soap and water. Pat dry with a paper towel afterwards.

    4. To polish it, pour a small amount of oil in the pan and rub it in with a paper towel until the bottom and sides are coated completely. If you accidentally put a little too much oil, you can use paper towels again to dab off the excess.

    RL Tip: Depending on the condition of your pan, the salt may get dirty very easily. You can rinse it out and start over with fresh, clean salt as you continue the process. Also, do not do this on Teflon or non-stick pans, as it will ruin the Teflon coating.

    PHOTOS and SOURCES: @liketoknow.it.home via Instagram and Apartment Threrapy (Main3) | Tori Avey (1) | practicallyfunctional.com

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