How To: Polish Your Pots And Pans

dirty pot 2.jpgIf your stainless steel pots or pans ever develop a dull film on them from cooking that regular cleaning won’t remove you should try this method of cleaning them. 

How To Clean Pots and Pans Using Lemon and Salt

It’s simple, quick, and inexpensive.

You will need:
1 lemon (more acidic varieties are best)
1 tbsp table salt
elbow grease, but only a modest amount

lemon scrub 2.jpgInstructions: cut the lemon in half.  In the bottom of your pan sprinkle half the tablespoon of salt.  Rub the lemon all around the dull stains squeezing as you do it to release the juice and using the salt to scrub the surface of the metal.  When you have scrubbed enough so that no dry salt remains and the lemon is squeezed out.  Let the lemon juice and salt sit for a few minutes.

Next: rinse the pot out and gently scrub at dull stains with a non-scratching scrub sponge.  If it’s come completely clean then you’re done! 

However, my pot took two passes to get completely shiny clean.

So if the stains didn’t come completely off the first time: rinse and repeat, as they say.

clean pot 2.jpg

See for yourself the difference the lemon and salt made!
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3 thoughts on “How To: Polish Your Pots And Pans

  1. riana

    i love using salt to clean all kinds of things. i do the same with lemon for my tea kettle too. it’s neat to use natural techniques to clean.

  2. Angelina

    I had heard of this combination for cleaning things and I have to say that at first I was pretty skeptical of it’s working on my pot. So I was really pleased with how well it worked. How can anyone argue with such a non-toxic and cheap way to polish a pot?

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