How to Clean Aluminum Pot Bottoms

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Aluminum makes durable cookware pieces that with proper care should last many years. If the bottom of your aluminum pot is stained, discolored or has hard-water deposits, you can easily remove them with a simple home remedy. To prevent these issues in the future, wash and dry your aluminum pot soon after using it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pan
  • White vinegar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Dish detergent
  • Rag or nylon scrubbing pad
  • Pour equal parts of water and white vinegar in a large pan that the aluminum pot can sit in. This mixture removes hard-water stains.

    To clean aluminum that is stained or discolored, stir 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar for every quart of water in a large pan until dissolved.

  • Set the aluminum pot in the larger pan so the bottom is covered with either the vinegar or the cream of tartar solution

  • Boil and simmer the mixture for approximately 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, and allow the pot to cool.

  • Wash the aluminum pot under hot running water, using dish detergent. Rinse it well to remove all the soap. Dry the aluminum pot inside and out with a soft towel to prevent water spots.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the bottom is still stained, mix baking soda and water together to make a cleaning paste. Scrub it into the bottom of the pot with a rag or nylon scrubbing pad. Wash and rinse afterward.

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