How to Clean Saucepans

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How to Clean Saucepans
Cleaning a dirty saucepan is often a frustrating feat. (series object on white - kitchen utensil Old pan image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Cleaning a dirty, caked-on saucepan can be an arduous task. What’s worse is a pan that has burnt food and residue inside. Either way, cleaning a dirty saucepan can give you a fit. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can make the process a little smoother and leave you with a pan that is clean and sparkling.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • 118ml. bleach
  • 2 tbsps. baking powder
  • Stove
  • Sponge with scrubbing side
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cola

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    Pour 1 pint of water and 4 fluid ounces of liquid bleach into the dirty saucepan. Add 2 tbsp of baking soda to the mix.

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    Place the pan on the stove and turn the burner on high. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it continue to boil for about five minutes.

  3. 3

    Pour the solution out of the pan. Wash the pan with a sponge and liquid dish soap. Once the pan is clean, rub it with a few drops of cooking oil such as olive, vegetable or peanut to replenish the surface.

  1. 1

    Fill the dirty saucepan ½ to ¾ full with water. Place the pan on your stove, bring the water to a boil on high and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Pour the water out of the pan. Wash any debris left in the pan with the scrubbing side of a sponge.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process as needed. If the pan is extremely dirty, it may take a few tries until all of the residue is removed.

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    Pour cola into the dirty pan. Place enough of the liquid in the pan so the dirty parts are covered.

  2. 2

    Place the pan on the stove. Turn the temperature to a high setting and bring the soda to a boil.

  3. 3

    Pour out the soda from the pan, which should be clean at this point. Wipe away any residue with a sponge. Repeat the process if stubborn material remains.

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