The bottom of your cooking pot might not be something you think too much about, but over time a layer of brown gunk can build up on it, which is often a result of splattered oil and letting the pot get too hot. When faced with the chore of hours of scrubbing and soaking to remove the buildup, heading to the shops to pick up a new pot often sounds like a pretty good alternative! But, as we have discovered, there is an easier way.
A Brisbane mum is made headlines across the country after she revealed how she removes stubborn stains from the bottom of cooking pots in minutes. Taking to Instagram, creative stylist Liz Amaya shared a video detailing her easy hack, and the best part is, you only need two ingredients from your kitchen cupboard!
To get started, Liz sprinkles a thin layer of table salt on the bottom of the pot. She then adds a tablespoon of white vinegar and rubs vigorously with a sponge for several minutes before rinsing under the tap. Liz then polishes with a clean cloth and — voila — the cooking pot looks as good as new!
Liz’s post, which has racked up over 2,000 likes, received a slew of praise from followers, with one writing, “I’ll have to try this when I get home.”
Another added, “Thanks Liz! I’ve got a few pots to do!” While a third commented, “Thank you so much for the tip. I shall try this.”
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Liz’s impressive trick got us thinking: what other hacks are out there when it comes to removing burnt grease and scorch marks from pots? So we did a quick search online, and boy did the internet deliver!
Okay, this one sounds weird, but apparently covering the bottom of a pot with tomato sauce does the trick too! All you have to do is leave it for several hours, preferably overnight, and then scrub using a scouring pad and a pinch of dish soap until it comes clean.
Another popular home remedy is a mixture of baking soda, salt and vinegar. Simply sprinkle the bottom of the pan with a generous amount of baking soda and salt, then spray with vinegar. Allow it to sit for five minutes, then use a scouring pad to scrub away the grease.
Meanwhile, other websites recommend creating a baking soda and water paste and then scrubbing the pot with that mixture instead. A good rule of thumb is that the paste should be fairly thick but spreadable.
Another interesting cleaning hack we came across is simply rolling up a ball of aluminium foil, sprinkling some Bar Keepers Friend cleaner on the base of the pot and using the aluminium foil to scrub it clean. However, we would advise against this if your pot has a special coating, as the foil may scratch it.
This article was originally published 24 Apr 2021, information updated on 09 Apr 2023