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How to clean very old pots: a "magical" life hack

Alina MilsentLife
An effective way to wash soot off

Old pans often develop stubborn soot that is challenging to clean using conventional methods. Burnt fat, dirt, and food residues create a layer of black soot both inside and outside the pan, leading some housewives, unsure of how to clean it, to consider throwing the pans in the trash.

However, there is one effective life hack that our grandmothers used to employ. OBOZREVATEL has discovered how to clean very old pots.

You will need:

  • A large container (for example, a bucket)
  • 4 liters of water
  • Laundry soap
  • Silicate glue
  • Baking soda

Begin by placing 4 liters of water in a ten-liter bucket or another large container and set it on the fire. Place the pan to be cleaned inside. While the water is heating, grate half a bar of laundry soap and pour silicate glue into a glass. Once the water reaches a boil, add the soap shavings and glue.

To enhance the cleaning effect, add baking soda. Either baking soda or soda ash will suffice. Measure 1/3 of a soda packet for 4 liters of water.

Note that this method is not suitable for uncoated aluminum pans.

Gently stir the mixture and let it boil for at least 30 minutes. If the soot is particularly stubborn, you can extend the boiling time by another 10-15 minutes.

Afterward, remove the pan and rinse it under running water.

Previously, OBOZREVATEL discussed the 5 most effective and safe ways to clean burnt pots and pans without using chemicals.

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