Fixing White Spots on Anodized Aluminum Pots

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Bowl

  • Baking soda

  • Sponge

Use vinegar to remove white spots on anodized aluminum pots.

The act of anodizing aluminum cookware creates a product that will not rust or fade, and extends the life of pots, pans and skillets. Although durable, the anodized aluminum pots are prone to white spots caused by minerals in water. Removing these white stains requires an acidic cleaner that breaks down the mineral compound without scarring the aluminum surface in the cleaning process.


Step 1

Pour a half cup of white vinegar into a bowl. Add enough baking soda to form a thick paste.

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Step 2

Place 1 tablespoon of the paste on a damp sponge. Wet the white spots on the anodized aluminum pots.

Step 3

Scrub the white spots with the paste, covering the entire stain. Allow the paste to remain on the spots for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Rub the spots again with the sponge. Rinse the pots with warm water, removing the paste. Examine the cookware. If the spots remain, repeat the procedure.

Step 5

Wash the pots in the dishwasher or in hot water and mild dish soap in the sink. Rinse and dry the pots thoroughly before storing.


Wipe aluminum pots dry after washing and rinsing to keep white spots to a minimum. The spots form when water is left to dry on the cookware's surface.


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