How Do You Clean Aluminum Pans?


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Clean aluminum pans by first washing with warm soapy water. Then, remove any discoloration by boiling a water and lemon-juice solution in the pans for seven to 10 minutes. Polish the pans with a steel-wool soap pad, rinse well, and dry thoroughly.

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  1. Remove grease and food particles with warm soapy water

    Fill a basin with warm water, and add a little liquid dish detergent. Immerse the pan in the water, and rub with a sponge to remove grease and food. Do not let the pan soak in the water. Rinse, and dry.

  2. Remove discoloration

    Fill the pan with enough water to cover any dull or discolored spots. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every quart of water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to medium, and continue boiling for seven to 10 minutes. Dump out the hot water.

  3. Polish the pain with a steel-wool soap pad

    Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Wet a steel-wool soap pad with warm water, and rub it in small circles over the pan's surface until the pan is shiny.

  4. Rinse the pan

    Hold the pan under warm running water to remove all soap residue.

  5. Dry the pan

    Dry the pan with a soft dish towel to prevent water spots.

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