How to Clean Aluminum Pans
Aluminium cookware is a must-have in any kitchen and will speed up your cooking process. Aluminium is able to heat up really quickly and this can shorten cooking time. It is also lighter in weight – so easy to move around, and often times cheaper than its steel counterpart. Nonetheless, the key to making your kitchenware last is to treat it well and clean it will products that will protect the materials and ensure it lasts for a long time.
Aluminium, while lightweight, quick-to-heat, and quick-to-cool, can get a little dull over time. It’s thus imperative to know how to clean these pots properly. Luckily a number of household items that might be in your pantry can do the trick well. While you can opt for commercial, aluminium-specific cleaners, you can also go the natural route. The natural route is oftentimes a bit cheaper than chemical products and has the added benefit of being safer for the environment, children, and pets.
So, let’s take a look at how to clean your aluminium pots and pans.
How to Clean Aluminium Pans with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common staple in many households and also offers an easy way to clean your aluminium pots and pans. Baking soda is a super mild abrasive and is thus able to get rid of stubborn stains and grub, without damaging your pot.
You will need:
- Baking soda
- A scrubbing brush
How to Clean your Pot
Cover your pan with baking soda. A thin layer will do the trick, but ensure the whole bottom is covered. Ad a few tablespoons of water so that you are able to create a thick paste. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then scrub it with a scouring brush. This should help you to get rid of stubborn stains and bring back some of the shine to your aluminium pot or pan. You can also add a little vinegar to the mix if you want to get rid of particularly stubborn stains or marks. However, it’s important not to let the baking soda mixture sit on your aluminium pot for too long. This could lead to discoloration and erode the finish. Thus, ensure you rinse off the baking soda mix within a few minutes to avoid any erosion.
Cleaning Aluminium with Vinegar/Lemon Juice, and Cream of Tartar
Another great way to clean your pot with household ingredients is to make a mixture of cream of tartar, lemon juice, and vinegar. The acidity of this mix is a great option for removing any discoloration (caused by oxidation) and can be easily made from the comfort of your kitchen.
You will need
- Cream of tartar, white vinegar, or lemon juice
How to Clean Your Pot
Fill your pan with water. For every quart of water used, add in 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, white vinegar, or lemon juice. Once you have filled your pan with the required ingredients bring it to the boil. Allow it to boil for between 10 and 15 minutes and then safely remove the mixture (you might want to wait until it has cooled down!)
Your pot should be shiny and sparkling as the oxidation (dull, somewhat chalky layer) will have disappeared.
How to Clean Baked on Grease from Aluminium Pans
To remove grease from your aluminium pot, you will want to fill your pot with warm water and dish soap. The dish soap will easily cut through the grease, as will the hot water. You can also add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to the mix and allow it to sit, fully submerged in the water, until the water cools. Once cool enough to touch, begin scrubbing your pot or pan with a scouring sponge. The grease should easily come off your pan and it will soon look as good as new.
Cleaning your pots with these mixtures should be a regular occurrence and will ensure that your aluminium pots and pans look as good as new. If you want them to look extra fabulous, it might be worth investing in some silver polish. This can make the exterior of your pot as good as new and will ensure that it always retains its shine.
While you can find aluminium pots on a budget, they don’t need to look like they were a budget buy. These mixtures are sure to have your pots sparkling in no time.
A Note on Oxidation
If you notice that your aluminium pots and pans are becoming extremely oxidized, you might be able to solve the problem with some vinegar. Simply sip a cloth in some vinegar and wipe it over your pot. Then use a gentle brush to scrub the oxidization away and clean your pot with soapy water. You could also opt for lemon juice if you’re out of vinegar, the key is to tackle the oxidization with acid.
Now let’s get those aluminium pots and pans shining!