How to Clean Enamel Cookware

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Enamel cookware is lovely to look at and very convenient to cook with, but cleaning it can sometimes present a challenge. If you're cleaning the enamel cookware after a normal cooking session, or if you've had a kitchen mishap, some simple tips can make the job much easier.

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    Allow enamel cookware to cool before attempting to wash it. Sudden changes in temperature can damage the enamel coating.

  2. 2

    Wash enamel cookware in dish detergent and warm water.

  3. 3

    Clean the enamel cookware with scouring pads that won't scratch the enamel surface. Avoid abrasive scouring pads and steel wool.

  4. 4

    Remove stains on enamel cookware by soaking the cookware in a pan of warm water with 1 or 2 denture tablets. Allow the cookware to sit until the denture tablets stop fizzing, and wash in detergent and warm water.

  5. 5

    Soak enamel cookware in salt water several hours or overnight, and then put the pan on the stove and boil the salt water. Rinse the salt water out and wash the pan as usual, with warm water and detergent.

  6. 6

    Remove grease build-up from enamel cookware by covering the bottom with a thin layer of dry detergent. Soak a towel in warm water, wring it out, and cover the pan with the damp towel. Allow it to sit for a few hours. Rinse out the dry detergent and wash the enamel cookware.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use ammonia, bleach or rubbing alcohol to clean enamel cookware. Harsh chemicals can damage the enamel finish of the cookware.

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