3 Simple Tricks Make Your Pans Look Like New

If your pans aren’t too scratched, the following tricks will help you prevent further deterioration.
3 Simple Tricks Make Your Pans Look Like New

Last update: 27 March, 2019

Skillets and pans can be your best friends in the kitchen, but regular use will cause them to deteriorate little by little. The good news is that there are various simple tricks you can try to make your pans look like new.

The Toxic Side of Cooking…

Ingredients burn and get stuck, pans get scratched, and all this affects the quality of the food you prepare. It doesn’t matter if they’re made of clay, ceramic, Teflon, or cast iron. All pans have a shelf life based on how you treat and care for them.

You also need to remember that, if a pan is badly damaged, it could be leaching toxins into the food you’re cookingFor this reason, you must be very careful in the kitchen.

Read on to discover 3 simple tricks to make your pans look like new.

Salt and Potato Trick

Believe it or not, in order to clean a burned pan all you need is a bit of salt and a potato.

We’ve talked before about the many uses of salt for household cleaning. In addition to being inexpensive, this product can remove dirt and moisture while disinfecting and renewing various types of surfaces.

On the other hand, when combined with salt, potatoes act as excellent “exfoliants,” renewing the surface of cookware. Fat comes right off, and everything is clean.

Potato used to make pans look like new

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 potato


  • First choose the right potato (pick one that’s turning “ugly” from the cupboard) and cut it in half.
  • Wipe the pan to remove any food or sauce, then add the tablespoon of coarse salt.
  • Now, using one half of the potato, start scrubbing the entire surface of the pan with cir.
  • Then rinse your pot or pan and let it dry.
  • Finally, use that teaspoon of olive oil to protect the pan until the next time you use it.

Trick to Clean a Cast-Iron Skillet

Some experts claim that the more we cook with cast-iron skillet, the better the food will turn out. Continuous use, however, will eventually cause food to stick to its surface.

Furthermore, this is the kind of utensil that can’t really be cleaned with just soap and water. The moisture left over after a conventional washing can alter the taste of food.

Cleaning a pan with coarse salt

What you need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt


  • This trick is similar to the previous one. The aluminum foil will help you apply greater force on the surface of the pan without damaging it.
  • Just scrub the pan with the foil until its surface is completely covered with salt, then rinse.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Trick to Make Your Pans Look Like New

As you probably know already, when it comes to household cleaning both vinegar and baking soda are essential elements. They can disinfect, eliminate grease, remove dirt, and baking soda even helps absorb moisture.

Pay attention to how to perform this simple trick!


What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of warm water


  • The first thing you need to do is heat the cup of water. The amount you use will depend on the size of your pan.
  • Once it’s hot, pour it into the pan, then add two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  • Remove some of the water, leaving a little less than half.
  • Next, add the baking soda and use a brush to scrub away the toughest grease.
  • Finally you’ll pour out the dirty water and baking soda, then wash your pan normally with soap and water.

Remember, if your pans and skillets are badly burned or damaged, it’s best to get rid of them and buy new ones. Otherwise you run the risk of transferring toxins and other hazardous elements to the food you cook.

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