Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pin #5 - Cleaning pans with vinegar and baking soda

pin I saw this pin and thought “Yes!  I will no longer have pans to be embarrassed by!”.  Let’s check it out.  According to the pin, simply by boiling water and vinegar and adding baking soda will mostly clean a burnt pan with maybe a little scrubbing with a baking soda paste afterwards.  So that’s what I did.
Here’s my pan.  Horrible right?  How this happens I’m not really sure but it happens to my pans all the time and here is the proof.
So I did what the pin says:
Boil small amount of water and 1 cup vinegar, remove from heat.  Add 2 T baking soda.  After fizzing stops empty pan and scrub with baking soda/water paste as needed.
Easy enough.  I have 2 tips if you are going to do this.  Do not get too close to boiling vinegar steam – super stinky and stung my eyes a little.  Also, don’t lean over the pan when you add the baking soda.  LOTS of foaming.  Fun to watch but would not be fun to catch in the eye!!
Here is the result…

Significantly better I agree but not as awesome as hoped.  So I did it again, only this time I used less water and more vinegar.  It seemed that the pan cleaned best where the baking soda sizzled on the pan the most so I did not turn the heat off right away and tried to spread it around.  I scrubbed again.  And then…
Bottom line – worth doing
It wasn’t the magic potion I was hoping for, I still had to scrub, but my pan looks like it did a few years ago.  There was a little difference after the second treatment so maybe that will be enough for your pans which I am certain do no look like mine!
‘Til next time, pin away

1 comment:

  1. I use just boiling water, pour into pan with grime or burnt on food, add baking soda, watch it sizzle. Leave it to soak for 10-30 mins, then give a scrub. The soaking really helps. Shall add vinegar next time, see if it makes a difference.