Pots and pans can be used for a long time, since they are mostly durable and rarely get damaged. However, you would also want to have your pots and pans appear like new. Sometimes, regular use of your cooking implements can lead to discoloration. This cannot be helped, even if you wash your pots and pans thoroughly. It does not mean that your pots are dirty, most probably, the stains are due to the acidic foods that were cooked inside. No worries, they just need that extra step to bring them back to their original state. Here are some ways to make your pots and pans shiny and like new again.
- Protect your hands. Before doing anything, put on a pair of kitchen gloves. This will protect your hands from being chafed from the scrubbing and the other ingredients you will be using in cleaning your cooking implements. Though you will be using mild and natural ingredients, it is best to be safe. This will also help you avoid drying out your skin, as well as protect them from sharp edges from the pots and pans
- Use steel wool. But only for the outside of the pots and pans. Since the stains will be more stubborn on the outside, you will need a tougher scrubbing material. Don’t scrub too roughly, so you won’t scratch your pots too much. Be careful that you do not scrub inside the pans with your steel wool, especially when you are using non-stick pots and pans.
- Cleaning aluminum pots and pans. If you are cleaning the inside of aluminum pots and pans, what you can do is put water into your pan. Amount of water should depend on the size of your pots. Measure it as 1 teaspoon for every 1 cup of water used to fill the pots. Boil the water for a few minutes. This dislodges tough stains, and makes it easier to clean. Rinse the water after boiling, and wash with soap and a sponge.
- Cleaning stainless steel pots and pans. To clean inside stainless steel pots, take out a bottle of white vinegar. Pour this inside the pot, making sure that the vinegar covers the height of stain markings. Let it soak for a few hours. You can let it soak overnight for better effectiveness. When you leave it to soak, cover the pot to prevent the acidic smell of vinegar to permeate your kitchen. After you’re done with the soak, rinse and wash with soap, water and a sponge.
Now you can enjoy having pots and pans that are clean and shiny. Do this regularly, or you can wait until stains have accumulated before doing the process. Since it cannot be avoided that you use your pots and pans for cooking various food and sauces, you really cannot prevent these stains from happening. Just keep on cleaning them and scrubbing periodically, and your cooking pots and pans will remain shiny and like new for a long time.