How To Clean Pots and Pans Like a Pro

by | Apr 20, 2023 | Kitchen Cleaning

The Art of Swabbing the Cookware, Robin Williams Style!
Oh darlings, let me tell you, those pots and pans we love to cook in can become quite a dramatic mess! But have no fear, I’m here to share some pizzazz and dazzle to your swabbing technique so those vessels sparkle like a Broadway stage!

A Five-Minute Jig for Baking Pans

The best time to swish and swoosh those pots and pans is right when they’re hotter than Mrs. Doubtfire’s kitchen!

  • Douse them with some boiling H2O to deglaze the dancing extravaganza you cooked up. Voila, the remains of the culinary tango vanish in a flash!
  • But beware, only mix hot with hot – wouldn’t want to damage those precious pots.
  • After the deglazing spectacle, grab a sponge or scruffy fellow, some soap, and make that pan spic and span! A little rinse-a-doo, and your pan is fresher than a spring chicken.

Pro Trick: Keep those pans dazzling by tidying up that glass-top stove too!

The Baking Soda Boogie

  • If that pan cooled down with leftover grub, get ready to truly sweep-it-clean! Scoop out any gooey bits, toss ’em in the garbage, and never clog those pipes by pouring grease into your sink! An old jar or soda can works wonders for that purpose.
  • Grab a magic brush or scouring pad, some hot water, and a few dish soap dance moves, and clean the pan in no time.

If that stubborn gunk doesn’t budge, it’s time for a baking soda hoedown!

1. Clean the pan as much as possible.
2. Mix up a baking soda paste with a splash of water.
3. Slather that pasty goodness across the pan’s bottom.
4. Let it sit for five minutes – just enough time for a quick dance break!
5. Boogie on with a scouring pad to loosen and remove those pesky stains.

Alternatively, you can whip up a groovy potion of 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Just swish it in the pan until it’s filled about ½ inch deep, crank up the heat, and watch the magic unfold. Make sure to turn off the heat in the nick of time to avoid that pan becoming one sad wreck!

With this nifty know-how, you can make even the grungiest aluminum pans shine! However, certain types of pans must be treated like divas to avoid ruining their show-stopping flair.

The Cast Iron Extravaganza

Some home enthusiasts avoid cast iron for fear of complicated care, but with the right attention, these monstrous pots endure longer than any other cookware!

Remember this rule: hot and hot, cold and cold. Avoid a thermal shock fiasco with your cast iron darling. Handwashing is essential; keep that precious cookware far from the dishwasher.

1. Bid farewell to excess oil and grease.
2. Gently rinse your warm cast iron friend with hot water.
3. Grab a brush or scraper to eliminate any burned-on party leftovers.
4. For more drastic situations, simmer some water to work away the stubborn food debris.
5. Give the pan a final scrub for ultimate cleanliness.

Once bathed, it’s time to oil that superstar. Dry it thoroughly, apply a smidge of cooking oil, and buff away the residue. Voila, seasoned to perfection!

Pro Tip: Keep that oven sparkly clean like a true master of the craft!

The Rusty Cast Iron Skillet Revival

Oh no! Rusty cast iron pan?! Do not despair!

Channel your inner revival expertise and resurrect that beautiful beast.

1. Arm yourself with soapy water and steel wool for ultimate rust destruction!
2. Thoroughly rinse and dry that beautiful cast iron creation.
3. Anoint the pan with a thin layer of cooking oil.
4. Wipe away any excess with a cloth or paper towel.
5. Upside down, place it on your oven’s top rack.
6. Bake at sweltering 450-500°F for one hour.
7. Give it a breather and let it cool down completely.

Keep at it, revive that pan’s shiny black patina, and make it the star of the show!

Pro Tip: Don’t forget the trusty baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch any oil drippage!

Ahoy, kitchen voyagers! Navigate your culinary capers with the glory of copper pans, the jeweled treasures of the cookhouse! These metalliferous marvels offer you not only a smorgasbord of scintillating safety – just ask Doctor Antimicrobial – but they’ll also tickle your taste buds with their conduction of fantastical heat, curtailing corrosion, and are as easy to clean as a comedian’s mouth after a bawdy joke. No wonder these copper titans have been cherished by chefs for epoch upon epoch!

Discourse on the decontamination of these culinary chalices requires special finesse. Copper, my darlings, is as delicate as a whisper, and abrasive cleaners akin to scourers will wreak havoc upon their supple skin. Don’t forget, copper’s moody disposition, recoiling in discoloration when faced with the cruel ire of commercial pan-cleaning philters!

Fear not, food tacticians, for beneath the copper lies a hidden hero – ensconced in tin! This valiant soldier against stickiness is all that stands between you and the dreaded crust. Offer homage to the noble tin with a trifecta of sponge, H2O, and a mere droplet of dish soap. If, perchance, the entrails of your meal cling to their castle, let the pan bask in the hot springs of Thermopylae (also known as tap water) for but a quarter hour before re-introducing it to the wondrous world of soap and sponge! Dry it you must, microfiber cloth at the ready, to thwart the nefarious tarnishing fate.

Tip: Definitely find out how to clean tarnished copper to restore its shine and patina.

Ah, but what of the mysterious nonstick pans, unfathomable magi of the meal? Their curious coatings demand delicacy, for steel wool or abrasive hoodlums can disfigure their gentle faces.

Certain rituals must be observed, lest we upset these kitchen sprites:

1. Ensure the pan is cool as a cucumba, preserving its smooth curvature.
2. Banish grease marauders with simple dish soap.
3. Vehemently reject the advances of steel wool and harsh scourers.
4. If troubled by stubborn spots, enlist a damp sponge and coarse salt.
5. Cleanliness achieved, cradle the pan on a bed of soft microfiber cloth.

Remember, good people, that even the most mystical of nonstick pans can lose their otherworldly glamour, typically after a five-year sojourn among mortal cookery. Thus begins the pilgrimage once more; seek out your next nonstick champion and begin anew!


  1. Simple scrumptious solution – dish soap! Squeaky clean and lather-leaning!
  2.  Abrasive avenger – baking soda! Powdery pulverizing powerhouse!
  3.  Vessel of virtuosity – vinegar! Vinegary vindication, baby!

Oh dearest burnt pan saviors, have no fear, for those charred, begrimed, and smoky catastrophes shall be vanquished! Gird your loins and witness these miraculous revivification techniques!

Fret not about the mishaps, just dance with the vinegar-baking soda boogie:

1. Combine equal parts of H2O and pungent white vinegar into that pitiful pan, drowning halfway up that grimy, oh-so tarry wall.
2. Crank up the flamenco flames, let the moody mixture bubble up, and toss in a double scoop of baking fizz.
3. Lay down your weapons, and grant it a quarter-hour reprieve before you evacuate the caustic concoction.
4. Summon your scrubbery, massage that pan’s darkened soul, and swish-swash-repeat until reborn anew.

To cleanse with the power of that devilish sodium bicarbonate alone, grab a bigger pot, and oh, the magic you shall witness:

1. Commence by drowning a larger vessel in sacred waters and invoke the spirits with half a cup of soda’s baking goodness.
2. Tenderly place our brutalized subject within this bath, submerging to complete surrender.
3. Bubbling brew, conjure a boil! Let the clock tick 15 minutes of penance.
4. Vanquished? Nay! Birth anew, our once-scorched pan, as it emerges scrubbed to gleaming brilliance.

By the citrus fruits of ancient wisdom, let us chant the lemony spell of redemption:

1. Embalm our tarnished comrade in liquid effervescence.
2. Add a pair of zesty lemon siblings, slice and dice, bobbing in the watery depths.
3. Conjure the flames and boil! Bring forth the power of citrus salvation.
4. Retire from the glowing inferno, 5 to 10 minutes hence.
5. Extract the now wilted lemon martyrs and release the simmering seas.
6. Pay your respects with bubbles of soap and strokes of the brush, as our pan arises, reborn and gleaming.

How to clean stainless steel pans is also necessary information if you have this type of pans. Make all your pans shine bright like diamonds.

And thus, the fugitive pans of the sordid culinary underworld shall be tamed and rejoined in the chorus of gleaming cookware. Amen!

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