Asked on Jul 23, 2013

How do I remove the cooked on gunk from the bottom of my pans?

Anne AlexanderCaperniusColleen


I have several pots and pans that have the built up cooking gunk, I think I read somewhere it's carbon, on the bottom and some on the sides. Some of the cookware is enamel and some is hard anodized. How can I remove this? I read about the ammonia in a plastic bag for stove burners will that work for the pans also? Unfortunately I'm on a tight budget so just trying things willy nilly won't work for me. Even inexpensive baking soda has to be purchased with an intention in mind. Thanks
9 answers
  • Michelle Fitch
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Dawn makes a spray that you can spray on and leave for a few minutes then take a scoring pad to take off the loosened bits

    • Kathleen
      on Mar 13, 2014

      @Michelle Fitch I haven't tried this, but Dawn is great for removing grease on soo many things, including laundry. Spic and Span also is great in laundry--who knew?-lol

  • Linda Stone
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Barkeeper's Friend. It is amazing! Most grocery stores carry it, as well as hardware stores. It is a powder. Just sprinkle on, then add a little water to make a paste and scrub away. I have used on enamel, but always rewash with dish liquid to get any of the powdery film off.

  • Lori E
    on Jul 24, 2013

    I have tried to find Bartender's Friend here in the Vancouver area and have had no luck. I really want to try it as it has been recommended by several people online.

    • Kathleen
      on Mar 13, 2014

      @Lori E Bon Ami is pretty much the same and great for all kinds of cleaning!

  • Linda Grimaud
    on Jul 24, 2013

    Try tomato ketsup especially for copper bottomed pans. Spread it all over & wait a few minutes, then wash it off. Eats right through most of that stuff.

  • Elaine
    on Jul 25, 2013

    I love my magic sponge! got my pans clean, and even the burner rims on my electric stove.

  • Cat Cee
    on Apr 13, 2015

    Yes, the ammonia will help. It's my go to tough cleaner. 100 percent natural.

  • Colleen
    on Jan 11, 2016

    Oven cleaner

  • Capernius
    on Jan 26, 2016

    when you have baked on, burned on residue, the 1st thing you have to do is loosen it. now there are many ways to do this. some will say to fill the pan/pot with water & boil it till it comes loose. others will tell you to use this product or that product & scrub like mad. what I do when this happens, is I spray the offending gunk with vinegar & let it sit. after a while(30 - 60 minutes) I will use a stainless steel scrubby thing to see if it will come off. if not, more vinegar & more time to sit. if it gets really bad, go to a restaurant supply store, & buy some commercial degreaser. in most cases, it will take about 10 -15 minutes to fully loosen the crud...sometimes it won't take that long. get on the internet & look up "restaurant supply" or "Janitor supply".

  • Anne Alexander
    on Jul 3, 2016

    I am in the process of cleaning burned on grease off a couple of pans... they are the anodized (looks aluminum) bottoms... using the baking soda /hydrogen peroxide mixture... it is working nicely, but it is a slow process... I am putting the mixture on and then leaving it set for an hour at a time and it is slowly breaking down the baked on, in summary... it works, but you need to do it in stages.,leaving the mixture to set for a long while... it is worth it, it is reasonably cheap...and my skillets look New...

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