How to clean bottom of pan?

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how to get off baked on/cooked on grunge off outside of pan


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  • Maura White Maura White on Jun 20, 2020

    Try putting on a paste made of baking soda and water - let it sit a half hour and wipe off.

  • Seth Seth on Jun 20, 2020

    Bar Keepers Friend powder and a scrunge pad work well, but may leave some scratches.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 20, 2020

    If it is copper, ketchup and salt. If aluminum, Barkeepers Friend, damp, let sit about 15 minutes then scrub with a green heavy duty scrubbie.

  • Soak it in a basin of water and a dryer sheet.

  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 20, 2020

    If it is a metal pan, a steel scrubber woth bar keepers friend works wonders. :)

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 20, 2020

    I soak them in Dawn dish detergent and hot water. Polish it up with a paste cleaner like Soft scrub or make a baking soda paste and scrub with a magic eraser or microfiber cloth. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jun 20, 2020

    Hi Pat, I think we all have the grunge on our pans too. Hope this helps you clean your.

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 21, 2020

    Hello I soak in soapy solution for awhile then use barkeepers friend or sos pad. Hope this helps!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 21, 2020

    What sort of pan is it- what is it made out of, and how old is it?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 21, 2020

    Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the pan and let it set. I usually let it set overnight and then using the rough side of a dollar store sponge, scrub it off. Repeat if needed.

  • Cerama Bryte or Bar Keeper's Friend. Works great!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 21, 2020

    Hey Pat: What I use is a paste of white vinegar and cream of tartar (the dry stuff). Make a paste and put it on the gunk. Let it sit for about 15 or 20 seconds and then scrape off with a plastic putty knife or one of those plastic scrubbies. You may have to do it a couple of times if the gunk is thick, but usually not. There is no smell and it is environmentally safe. Good luck.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jun 22, 2020

    I have heard that baking powder and vinegar soak does a great job.


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 22, 2020

    Barkeeper's friend

    SOS pad

    Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with steel wool

    marble paste

    oven cleaner

    These are all options to achieve a clean pan.

  • Rymea Rymea on Jun 23, 2020

    Oven cleaner works

  • Phelps Phelps on Jan 10, 2021

    Everyone says baking soda and vinegar, Im shocked how poorly it works on deeply browned cookware. I have a stainless steel cuisinart (silver) roasting pan big enough for turkey, the bottom a dark brown the sides almost as brown, the inside is non stick grey so not an issue. I liberally sprinkled baking soda over it and then vinegar water mix. Left it. Then applied again. It took a tiny bit off the corners but overall did not work at all. I ended up using a no-fume oven cleaner spray. Sprayed the bottom and sides. Left it. Came back and scrubbed with a no scratch pad. Worked great. I would recommend doing it once a month or so if you use your pan a lot (We do Sunday roast chicken a lot) if you want the silver look. Part of me felt that the deep patina/brown was sort of a badge of honor, the part of me that feels that a life where a Sunday dinner is even possible with someone you love is so rare and special that a Roasting pan scored a deep brown from so many good meals could be a gem to the eye.

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