One thing you don’t need is a build-up of grease on your pots and pans. Not only is it unpleasant to look at but it is not safe to have a grease build-up on the outside of pots and pans you are cooking with over an open flame on your stove top.
Baked-on grease looks dirty. It give your pots and pans a greasy feel as well.
A little time and a little elbow grease can give your pans a new look.
An effective way to clean your stainless steel pots and pans and cookware is to place them in a large extra-heavy trash can liner. (And you thought I was going to say the sink!) Pour about ½ cup of ammonia into the bag and tie it very tightly. Set the bag outside – do not leave it in the house – the fumes are horrid! Leave the bag outside overnight or at least for 12 hours.
Open the bag outside and remove your pans. Place the trash can liner in the trash can outside and wash your pots and pans in hot soapy water. The stains should just wipe off. If your pans are in really bad shape – return to the bag, add more ammonia, tie tight and let it sit outside over night again.
If the outside of your pots and pans look absolutely disgusting and are caked with grease – spread a thick layer of newspaper on the table, turn your pots and pans upside down on the newspaper and spray with an oven cleaner. Or you can brush on the oven cleaner – depending on which your prefer. Open the windows and let the oven cleaner stay on for a while. Wash in hot soapy water. You may have to re-apply the oven cleaner again to remove the last of the grease.
A mixture of baking soda and vinegar is another remedy for greasy pots and pans. Apply the mixture using a dryer fabric softening sheet. This will remove built-up grease from your cookware. Wash in hot soapy water and dispose of the dryer sheet.
Greasy build-up can be prevented – just use your scouring pads and elbow grease after each time you use your cookware – scrubbing pots and pans inside and out.