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I love to cook, and bake, during the holidays. The only problem is that by the end of the season my pots and pans end up looking like this. (YIKES!)
Do yours look the same, covered in layers of baked-on grease, and next to impossible to clean?
Remember a couple months ago how I showed you how to clean a crock pot and make it look brand new? Well I got to thinking, and decided since the Scotch-Brite Extreme Scrub Sponge worked so well on the baked-on crock pot spots, I’d give it a try on my greasy, dirty holiday dishes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
To remove all the gunk, first, place the dishes in the sink, then wet them with warm water, no need for dish detergent, or to soak them first, just get them wet. Next, wet the Extreme Scrub Sponge and apply a little dab of dish soap to it.
Use the scouring pad to scrub the dish in either a circular motion, back and forth, or both. You might have to put a little elbow grease into it, but honestly, you will be amazed at how easily the grease and grime lift from the dishes.
Depending on how many layers of grease are baked onto the dish, some dishes might take a little more scrubbing, or might need to be dunked in soapy water again. For tricky spots, like around the brand name, use a toothpick, or a scraper, to get the grease up. And don’t forget the bottom of the pan!
Watching how easy it is to clean burnt grease off, without having to use any harsh chemicals, is actually pretty addicting, because when you see how easy it is to clean them, you will want to pull out all your pots, pans and baking dishes out, and clean anything that has a grease stain on it!
After scrubbing the grease off with the Extreme Scrub Sponge, rinse it with hot water, wipe it dry, with a paper towel or dish towel, then step back to admire the fact that it looks brand new again! Check out the transformation of my baking dishes.
There really isn’t a whole lot to say about the transformation, other than, “wow, that was so easy, hand me another dish!”
To prevent baked on grease on your cookware, in the future, use aluminum foil to cover your bakeware before adding your ingredients.
NOTE: I do not recommend using this product on non-stick pans, or any frying pan, skillet, etc. coated in a non-stick product, or stainless steel pans, because the sponge could scratch the surface of these products.
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joyce robinette says
Love to see products to make cleaning easier without chemicals. Ill bee looking for this thank you
No. What worked was boiling hot water (literally boiled on the stove then soaked the dishes in the sink) then scraping them with a knife and using Bar Keeper’s Friend. Oh, and some “steel wool” with a sponge in the middle made by Dawn dish soap (steel wool alone didn’t work i had to scrape with a knife first). I also used Dawn & vinegar to be fair.
Annette Bailey says
Any ideas for cleaning the top of a glass electric cooktop. The stove that was left in this house, when we bought it, has stains on it, that I can’t get off. It’s a black stain, and I’ve tried nearly EVERYTHING. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
Bethany Davis says
Hi Annette! I’m Anna’s assistant, Bethany. Anna has written a great post about to clean a glass cooktop that I think you will find helpful. Here’s the link:
Sue Kosmicki says
Try a mix of baking soda, dawn and vinegar! Make a thick paste. Apply let rest a few hours or overnight and reapply Allowing to rest again. Scrub with scrubber sponge in between. Reapplying and scrubbing till clean. That’s how I do mine.
Grinder of Grains says
BON AMI and BARKEEPER’S FRIEND both work equally well and neither will scratch glass, In fact, most glass baking dishes, pie plates etc look virtually brand-new after receiving this treatment
Liz Sanvig says
I found that if you put the baked on dishes in a tote with a small amount of ammonia (the fumes do the work) and cover for a few hours (I usually leave overnight), the grease slides off.
Hello Anna I have some copper pans that really need cleaning inside & out, what do you recommend
I’ve never owned copper pans so I’m not sure, I’m sorry. I could tell you my thoughts but I don’t want to risk something ruining your pans.