How to clean an enamel pan

Again, read and forgot about the potatoes, the one that was supposed to go on the olivier? Well, it’s common to. Throw away the coals, we will clean the pan. It was enameled? What are you talking about??

Our experience and useful tips will help you clean the enamel from the inside and outside.

How to clean an enamel pan

Types of dirt

Enameled crockery is often the target for other types of dirt besides the occasional browning of porridge or vegetables.

Internal impurities:

  1. Lime scale gives the enamel a yellow, and even dark brown color.

  2. Burnt food causes a strong browning and is difficult to remove.

  3. Food stains can give the enamel different shades of color.

Exterior dirt:

  1. Dried fat and oil.

  2. Soot from gas.

  3. Burnt food leftovers.

The most persistent stains are burnt food and dried grease. Let’s look at each type in order.

Lime scale

It is not a hard problem. If the plaque is not of medieval age, you can cope with a sponge with regular baking soda. You just need to rub the inside with a damp washcloth with the baking soda on it.

Many recommend using bleach that contains chlorine. You will undoubtedly get excellent results. Chlorine is the strongest oxidizing agent in the world. It quickly breaks down organic and inorganic substances. But we strongly advise against cleaning pots and pans with bleach. Chlorine is toxic to humans, causing severe poisoning and internal diseases.

There are safer ways to. For example, for stubborn dirt, we use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

A baking soda and hydrogen peroxide cleaner

These remedies are safe for your health. It will take some time to clean the pot, but you will be pleased with the results. You need to do the following:

  1. Pour ¼ cup of baking soda into a plastic bowl, add 2 tbsp.l. peroxide and ½ tbsp. l. From dishwashing detergents.

  2. Mix and create a paste for cleaning. If it turns out to be liquid, you need to add some baking soda (about 1 tbsp.l.)

  3. Spread the mixture on the inner walls of the pan and leave it for 1 hour.

  4. Use a moistened sponge and begin scrubbing softened plaque with a circular motion.

Citric Acid

You can boil the pan with citric acid to remove slight yellowing:

  1. Bring the water to the boil in the pan to be cleaned.

  2. For 1 l. Pour 1 tbsp of soap into the container and then scrape off the softened substance with a sponge.l. citric acid.

  3. Stir well, bring the water to a boil again, turn off the heat and leave the pot for 1 hour.

  4. Pour out the water and rinse the pot with clean water.

How to clean an enamel pan

A solution made of laundry soap and hydrogen peroxide

This is a versatile method that will remove both the outside dried grease with burnt food residue and internal enamel stains. This method is convenient to clean small dishes, which can be immersed in a large container and boil.

First we prepare a solution:

  1. For 1 liter. Use 2 tablespoons of water. l. hydrogen peroxide and 50 gr. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid or grated laundry soap.

  2. Pour the solution into a container which has previously been filled with the dirty pan.

  3. Put it on the fire and boil it for 1 hour.

  4. You can also put kitchen towels in there to whiten.

  5. If not all of the grease has come off the surface after boiling, it only needs to be rubbed down with a hard sponge or brush and it will come off easily.

  6. Rinse the cleaned pan with clean water.

  7. Remember to put the boiled towels in the wash or rinse them in water.

An oxygen-containing stain remover

This is a radical remedy when previous methods have failed. We will remove the old dirt with an oxygen stain remover. To do this, do the following:

  1. Fill the pan with water and put it on the heat.

  2. Before boiling pour 3 tablespoons of soap into the water.l. Oxygen-based household bleach.

  3. Bring it to the boil and leave it over night or for a few hours to whiten it.

  4. Wash the cleaned pan with baking soda and rinse with clean water.

Burnt food

Often the charred porridge, jam or milk gets stuck on the bottom of the pan as a thick layer. Attempts to clean the soot mechanically can cause chipping of the enamel. So let’s use our wits.

Clean with white vinegar and baking soda

It’s not as bad as it looks. Let’s take the vinegar and get down to business:

  1. Use a hard metal sponge to scrape off any burnt on food. It is very important to rub only the dirt and not touch the enamel.

  2. Pour 9% table vinegar on the bottom so that the vinegar completely covers the dirt and leave it for 20 minutes.

  3. Let’s clean the soot again.

  4. Now we pour water into the pan and add 2 tbsp. l. baking soda.

  5. We’ll boil the water almost until it boils over.

  6. Clean the bottom with a metallic sponge. The contamination is much easier to remove. Sometimes, after a single boil, you can remove all the soot.

  7. If the dirt does not come off, repeat the procedure.

  8. After cleaning, wash the pan with an ordinary sponge and detergent.

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Combine the baking soda, vinegar and salt

This method is not fast, but very effective. We will use improvised means: baking soda, salt and vinegar.

Sequence of steps:

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon each of baking soda and salt on the bottom of the burnt dishes. Stir and pour vinegar (9%) so that it covers the bottom and the soot.

  2. Leave for 3 hours.

  3. Then put it on the fire and boil it for 20 minutes.

  4. Now put the lid on and let it stand for another 24 hours.

  5. After 24 hours, recall the pan. We put it on the fire with the same solution and boil it for 20 minutes.

  6. When boiling, the soot easily comes off on its own. Clean the remains with a simple sponge and detergent.

Dried grease and burnt-on food residues

That layer of soot looks scary. But we can do it. It just takes longer for particularly dirty dishes. Let’s go to.

Here are a couple of ways with household chemicals.

Mister muscle for the kitchen

You can use it on all kinds of kitchen surfaces. This is how you clean a pot:

  1. Pour water into it and bring it to the boil. We need to keep the surface hot. Then the dried grease on the outside will soften faster.

  2. Hold the pan with one gloved hand, apply the cleaner with the other and immediately wipe off the dirt with a stiff sponge.

  3. Fresh dirt comes off really fast. For stale ones, this procedure has to be repeated.

Given that “Mr. Muscle” is an active chemical, be sure to rinse the dishes thoroughly with plenty of water

Sif Stove Cleaning Cream

Sif is a good kitchen helper. In addition to removing external dirt (grease and soot), it also gets rid of internal yellow deposits. We’ll take Sif and a plastic bag to clean the pan:

  1. Apply the cleaner to the entire surface of the pan inside and outside.

  2. Put it in a bag, tie it up and leave it to expose for 3 hours.

  3. After 15 minutes, check the results. It is possible that all the dirt has already been removed. Or maybe there are still some stains left, which can easily be removed by rubbing with a dish sponge.


You won’t believe how easy it is to get rid of the oldest burnt dirt inside and outside the pot. Ammonia works 100%. But this method requires accuracy (ammonia vapors are very corrosive) and enough time.

Sequence of work:

  1. We need to put the container to be cleaned in a plastic bag and then in a couple more bags.

  2. Pour ammonia or ammonia solution (50 ml) inside the bag with the pan. Tie up the bags.

  3. Now shake the pan a little to distribute the alcohol over all surfaces.

  4. Leave the packaged pot overnight (preferably outside the living space).

  5. The next day all the dirt can be easily removed with a normal sponge.

Apply the Anti-Grease cleaner

It comes from a variety of manufacturers. It effectively removes a dried layer of oil from pans. To wash dishes, you need:

  1. Wet the soiled surface with warm water.

  2. Use a sponge to apply the Anti-Grease.

  3. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.

  4. Wash off any remaining dirt with a sponge and soapy water.

Be careful with the plastic parts. Some products corrode plastic.

We won’t preach that it’s better to keep your dishes clean. Every situation is different. And if you have come to us for advice, we are happy to share our knowledge.

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