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How to remove baked on grease from pans

Updated November 21, 2016

Baked-on grease leaves a rough and unsightly layer on your cooking pans. While scrubbing the pans clean seems like the obvious solution, scrubbing alone is often not enough to completely remove the dried grease. Instead of wearing yourself out at your kitchen sink, apply a cleaning solution to the pans to soften the grease and make it easier to remove.

Set your oven to 148 degrees C and place the dirty pan inside the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pan is hot.

Mix two tbsp white sugar into 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

Turn off the oven and remove the hot pan using potholders. Pour the apple cider vinegar and sugar mixture over the baked on grease in the pan and let it sit for approximately one hour.

Scrub the pan with a steel wool scouring pad or a scrub brush to remove the baked on grease that has been softened by the vinegar and sugar.

Sprinkle baking soda into the pan while scrubbing if the grease is still difficult to remove. The baking soda will react with the vinegar and begin to foam but this reaction is not dangerous and will not cause any skin irritation.

Rinse the pan thoroughly to remove all of the cleaning solution.

Things You'll Need

  • White sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Potholders
  • Steel wool or scrub brush
  • Baking soda
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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.