Stains in aluminum cooking pots are often due to chemical reactions of food and aluminum. Eliminate the worst stains by minimizing the time food stands in the pot after cooking. If stains develop, HowToCleanStuff.net recommends using cream of tartar to remove them. Complete the process in less than 30 minutes.
- Wash the pan
Remove any food residue from the pan before attempting to eliminate the stain. Rinse the soap away.
- Add water
Add enough water to cover the stain. For stains that reach up the sides and are too high to cover with water, fill the pan 1/2 full and cover with a lid.
- Add cream of tartar
Purchase cream of tartar from the spice aisle in your grocery store. Add two teaspoons of the white powder to the water in the pot. Stir to dissolve.
- Heat the pan
Place the pot on the stove and turn on the heat. Bring the water to a simmer and reduce the heat to maintain. Continue heating for 10 to 15 minutes until the stain disappears. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Wash and polish the pan
Wash the pan using your normal dish soap. Remove any remaining stains using a steel wool pad. Avoid washing in the dishwasher as the detergent discolors aluminum.