How to Bring the Shine Back to an Aluminum Pan

Aluminium pans need cleaned regularly to keep them in good condition. Over time, the pans will begin to tarnish. Instead of throwing the tarnished pans away, you can restore the shine. Aluminium pans will not have a shiny surface unless you clean them thoroughly before you buff them. Stains often cause discolouration on the pans and tough stains can become difficult to remove. Cleaning and shining your aluminium pans will make them look brand new again.

Remove loose dirt from the aluminium pans before you shine them. Loose dirt can scratch the surface of the pan. Wash the pans in hot water with mild liquid dish soap. Dry the aluminium pans with a towel thoroughly.

Remove tough discolouration stains from the aluminium pans to return the shine. Combine 2 tbsp of cream of tartar with 1 quart of cool water for each pan.

Bring the cream of tartar mixture to a boil in the discoloured and dull aluminium pans. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Scrub the stains with a soft-bristled brush. Pour the water into the sink and dry the aluminium pans with a towel.

Slice a lemon in half. Rub the lemon on the inside and outside of the pans.

Wipe the aluminium pans with a soft washcloth. Buff the pans in small circles to restore the shine.


Boil an equal amount of vinegar and water in the aluminium pans to remove lime deposits.


Avoid using abrasive cleaners on the aluminium pans because they can scratch the metal.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Towel
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Lemon
  • Soft washcloth
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.