How to clean baked-on gunk from pans with dryer sheets

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If you are an avid cook in the kitchen, chances are you have experienced plenty scrubbing of dishes, pots and pans with baked-on gunk. Often, culprit pots and pans are required to soak in the sink only to still have to be scrubbed vigorously later on. Luckily for you, Michelle, a contributor to the Apartment Therapy website, has the answer to cleaning baked-on food from your pots and pans. Her cleaning method involves the use of dryer sheets, which return all her pots, pans and baking sheets to their bright silvery finish. Once you have seen the brilliant results provided by dryer sheets, you will be using them to clean your pots and pans all the time, plus telling all your family and friends.

If you need to know how to clean burned stainless steel pan, dryer sheets are an ideal choice, because the chemicals in the sheets interact with the stains and help lift them. All you have to do is soak the stained pot, pan or baking sheet with a combination of warm water and a dryer sheet, and allow it to sit until the stains start to lift. At this point, cleaning the pot or pan should be easy, as the stains should wipe off easily. If you find you still have to scrub the pot, pan or baking sheet very vigorously, just allow it to soak for a longer period. Soaking can range from a few hours to overnight depending on the severity of the stains. If you have discoloured baking sheets or pans that aren’t necessarily dirty but have oxidised over time, this cleaning method can return them to new as well.

While dryer sheets have proven to be one of the most effective stain removal products, the one concern you may have with them is the fact they are full of chemicals. The key is to use them for cleaning purposes when you have highly tough stains to remove from your pots, pans and bakeware. Generally, if your cookware and bakeware aren't stained too badly, you may be able to get away with washing in the sink as usual. If you are still not sold on this exceptional kitchen cleaner, but still need to know how to remove spots from your cooking and bakeware, you could substitute with baking soda. Baking soda figures into a lot of house cleaning tips, because it is safe to consume and is completely natural. It also has an abrasive quality that is perfect for cleaning up stains. Instead of soaking your culprit cooking supplies with the dryer sheet, instead, add baking soda to the water and allow to soak for the necessary amount of time. During this process, the baking soda will react with the stain and help lift them, so they are easy to scrub off. You can apply this cleaning method to any stainless steel, glass or metal bakeware or cookware in your kitchen.

Once you have seen how effective cleaning stains with a dryer sheet is, you will want to use this method for when your baking and cookware are very challenging to clean. The dryer sheet will lift the stains or baked on food without much effort on your part, reducing the need to scrub excessively. A soaked dryer sheet can even be used for polishing tarnished silverware or any other metallic substances in the home that is dirty. If you don’t use dryer sheets in your laundry, this will be a place you will want to use them. Thank you to Michelle, a contributor at the Apartment Therapy website, for sharing her methods for cleaning baked-on gunk from pans using dryer sheets.

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