How to Clean Greasy Pots and Pans

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Sometimes the best evidence of a truly magnificent meal is the truly magnificent mess left at the end. Here's how to get those greasy pots and pans clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Baking Soda
  • Dishtowels
  • Powdered Dishwashing Detergent
  • Scouring Pad
  • Let any remaining grease in the pan cool slightly.

  • Pour grease into a can.

  • Set pan to soak in hot soapy water.

  • Pour off soapy water.

  • Arrange pan in lower rack of the dishwasher and run on "pots and pans" or "heavy" cycle. Or,

  • Wash by hand using very warm, soapy water and scrub with a scouring pad.

  • Rinse and dry pan.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save greasy pots and pans for last when washing by hand.
  • If glass baking dishes have baked-on food, spray the pan with oven cleaner and let it sit for 45 minutes.
  • Sprinkle scorched pans with baking soda or powdered dishwashing detergent; add a small amount of water and let stand for an hour or more.
  • Try adding a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pot or pan, and bring to a boil on the stove top before cleaning.
  • Avoid pouring grease down the sink and causing damage to pipes.

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