How To Clean Frying Pan Bottoms

How To Clean Frying Pan Bottoms

Are your frying pans filled with stubborn, gross burns and stains? In this article, we will help you get rid of them as quickly and easily as they got there. So, let’s get into it.

Before You Start: What You Should Know

The Different Types Of Frying Pans

As we’re sure you are aware, there are many different types of frying pans available for purchase. Yours may be made out of copper, aluminum, stainless steel, stone, or another material. Some frying pans are non-stick, while others are cast iron.

Before attempting to clean your frying pan using the methods listed below, you may want to check whether the following procedures are suitable for your frying pan. The last thing you want to do is damage your utensils further!

Using Suitable Tools/Supplies

Additionally, you may want to check what tools and supplies you will be using to scrub your frying pan clean. If you use a particularly rough scrubbing sponge, it could affect the quality of your pan.

You would be much better off using a softer, less abrasive material at first to remove the stains, and then use a tougher material as a last resort.

Patience Is Required!

You may find that the stains do not go away immediately, but don’t feel too disheartened: removing tough stains can be a lengthy process, and you will need some patience to get through it!

Take your time, and, if needed, repeat your chosen process a handful of times until the pans are as clean as you want them to be.

5 Methods To Clean Frying Pan Bottoms

Here are our top methods for easily scrubbing stubborn stains away from the bottom of your frying pans.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a fantastic item to have on hand, whether you’re baking something delicious, or trying to remove stains from cookware. 

Supplies Needed

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A small bowl or container
  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • Dishwashing liquid

Method

  1. In the small bowl/container, combine 3-parts baking soda with 1-part water. Stir together until they have formed a somewhat thickened paste.
  2. Grab your frying pan, and carefully spread the paste across the bottom. 
  3. Place the frying pan to the side, and allow the paste to work its magic for between 10-15 minutes.
  4. Use the sponge to wipe away the paste, and clean the frying pan in a sink with warm water and dishwashing liquid.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until the stains have been removed.

Using White Vinegar

White vinegar is also a great tool to have in your kitchen, being great for cooking and cleaning. 

Supplies Needed

  • White vinegar
  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • An old toothbrush
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid

Method

  1. Pour the vinegar into your sink, making sure the drain has been plugged so that the vinegar does not rinse away.
  2. Place the frying pan in the sink, positioning it upside-right so that the bottom gets soaked in the vinegar.
  3. Leave the frying pan to soak for, at least, an hour (60 minutes).
  4. Remove the frying pan from the sink, and drain the vinegar away. Use the sponge and toothbrush to gently scrub the stains on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Use warm water and dishwashing liquid to clean the frying pan in the sink.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 until the stains have been removed.

Using Baking Soda, White Vinegar, and Lemon

Next up, we are going to try combining the previous two ingredients with a chopped-in-half lemon, using the juice to clean the stains.

Supplies Needed

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • A lemon
  • A clean bowl/container
  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid

Method

  1. In the bowl/container, combine 3-parts baking soda with 1-part white vinegar. Stir together until you form a paste.
  2. Grab your frying pan, and apply the paste across the bottom of the pan, being sure to completely cover the worst stains.
  3. Leave the paste to settle for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Cut the lemon in half, and use it to scrub away the stains inside the frying pan. 
  5. Once the stains are removed, clean the frying pan in the sink with some warm water and dishwashing liquid.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 until stains have been removed.

Using Baking Soda, White Vinegar, And Dishwashing Liquid

In this method, we will be using dishwashing liquid instead of lemon juice, alongside the baking soda and white vinegar.

Supplies Needed

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • A lemon
  • A clean bowl/container
  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid

Method

  1. In the bowl/container, combine 2-parts baking soda with 2-parts white vinegar. Stir together until you form a paste.
  2. Place your frying pan on the stove, and pour the paste inside. Then, add 3-4 drops of dishwashing liquid along with some water to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Turn on the stove, and let the mixture heat up inside the frying pan until the water begins to boil. Once the water starts bubbling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and pour away the mixture. Then, carefully scrub the remaining stains with a sponge, some warm water, and dishwashing liquid.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until stains have been removed.

Using Bar Keeper’s Friend

If you have some Bar Keeper’s Friend stain remover at home, you won’t need to use baking soda, vinegar, or anything else. This product is an absolute lifesaver – trust us!

Supplies Needed

  • Bar Keeper’s Friend stain remover
  • Water
  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • Dishwashing liquid

Method

  1. Apply a small amount of Bar Keeper’s Friend stain remover to the frying pan’s bottom, covering the surface.
  2. Add a small amount of water into the stain remover, and allow the frying pan to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Use the sponge to gently scrub away the stains before rinsing the stain remover out.
  4. Using warm water and dishwashing liquid, gently clean the frying pan.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until stains have been removed.

Conclusion

So, there we have it! Those were our top 5 ways to get rid of stains from the bottom of your frying pans.
While all of these methods prove to be worthy, we recommend grabbing some Bar Keeper’s Friend stain remover from the store to save yourself some time (and mess).

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