Anodized aluminum cookware on a white background.
Here's The Easiest Way To Clean Those Dirty Aluminum Pans
By Molly Wilson
Aluminum pots, pans, and baking sheets can be frustrating to clean, but with the help of salt and baking soda, the original shine of your aluminum kitchenware will be restored.
Salt comes in handy when it comes to caked-on food, and you first need to fill a pot or pan with water and some table salt and bring the water to a boil.
Once you take the pan off the heat, make sure that it cools down first because, apart from being dangerous to handle, the heat can also make the cleaning less effective.
After it's cool, wipe the aluminum with a gentle sponge and rinse it with water before drying. If the stains are still stubborn, then it's time to bring out the baking soda.
Start by soaking your aluminum ware in warm, soapy water, and while the aluminum soaks, make a paste from the baking soda and liquid.
If the stains need a firmer hand, the baking soda can also be combined with white vinegar, lemon juice, or even hydrogen peroxide.
Apply the paste to your pan, then scrub it with a soft brush. If this doesn't do the trick, let the paste sit for a few hours or overnight to do its work before scrubbing.
No matter your method, use a nonabrasive brush or sponge so you don't scratch the aluminum — and don't forget to dry before putting the cookware away.