How to clean Cast Iron Pots and Pans – Part 2

Cleaning Aluminum Pots and Pans

1. Pour three parts water to one part white wine vinegar into the pot or pan. 

Mix the solution with a spoon or a fork until it becomes well incorporated. The acidic vinegar will clean dirty and tarnished areas on the aluminum.

2. Bring the solution to a boil on the stove top. 

Turn your stovetop to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the solution boil for a minute. Your pot or pan should already start looking cleaner.

3. Add 2 tbsps (15.62 g) of baking soda to the pot or pan. 

Take the kitchenware off the heat and place it into your sink. Pour the baking soda into the pot or pan. It should start to fizz and react to the vinegar and water solution. Let the baking soda sit in the pot or pan until it stops fizzing, then pour it out into your sink.

4. Scour the pot or pan with a sponge. 

Use a non-abrasive sponge to scour the inside and outside of the pot or pan. Add more water and baking soda to especially troublesome areas until the pot or pan looks shiny.

5. Rinse the pot or pan. 

Hold the pot or pan under the sink and run hot water from the faucet. Continue rinsing it until all of the baking soda and vinegar solution is removed from the pot or pan.

6. Dry the pot or pan. 

Wipe down the inside and outside of the pot with a cotton rag or paper towels. Continue to wipe the kitchenware until it’s completely dry.

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