12 Best Ways to Clean A Skillet

12 best ways to clean your skillet

Honestly, it is often very difficult to clear the skillet from the carbon and fat, especially if it is old. But there is simple ways to clean a skillet: we can manage most of the persistent pollution by only penny means that you already have in your home (or at least significantly ease the task). The main thing – to choose the method that is suitable for your skillet. After all, what will save the cast-iron saucepan, teflon pancake maker can hopelessly destroy. 

In this article you can find almost all traditional and non-standard ways to clean a skillet of any type: cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum with non-stick coating (Teflon, enamel, ceramic, marble) and without it. Just choose the recipe that suits you.

12 ways to clean a skillet

 Method 1. How to clean a skillet with vinegar and soda (universal method) 

This method is the fastest and most effective, and besides, it is universal – it is suitable for removing most of the dirt (soot, soot, and old fat) from any type of frying pan except for those that have a non-stick coating. It does not require the use of aggressive chemicals, so you do not even need rubber gloves. Just relax and follow the instructions!

Clean your pan by baking soda

You will need: 

  • 1 glass of water (or more if the pan is large and deep); 
  • 1 cup of 9% table vinegar; 
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda. 


Step1: Put the pan on the stove, then pour a glass of water and vinegar into it.

Step2: Bring the solution to a boil (at this stage, some of the soot should already be removed).

Step3: Remove the pan from the heat and add baking soda to it. The mixture should hiss!

Skillet cleaning by baking soda

Step4: Empty the pan and wash it in the usual way with a sponge.

Wash the skillet by a sponge

I highly recommend this baking soda to use.

Method 2. How to clean a skillet with vinegar and soda outside and inside without boiling 

Step1: Place soda on the target area. 

Step2: Pour 9% vinegar on top of the soda and let the effervescent foam work for 30-60 minutes. 

Step3: Clean the pan as usual with a stiff sponge.

Clean your skillet by vinegar

I use this vinegar always.

Method 3. Boiling with soda (for cleaning all types of pans, except aluminum without non-stick coating) 

In most cases, you can clean a skillet inside and out by boiling it with soda. This recipe is very simple and suitable for any type of utensils. 

Step1: If you want to clean the pan inside only, pour about a liter of water into it and add about 100g of soda. If you want to clean the dishes inside and outside, then use a large metal basin or bucket and fill it with soda solution from the same calculation – 1 liter. water / 100g of soda. 

Step2: Place the pan / basin with the pan on the fire, bring the solution to a boil, and then forget about cleaning for another 20 minutes.

boiling skillet with soda

Step3: Remove the utensils from the heat and let it cool, then wash in the usual way, using a hard sponge or scraper in difficult places (if there is no non-stick coating). During the cooking of the frying pan, the soda solution will soften and remove most of the fat, scale, and remnants of burned food.

Method 4. Clean a skillet by boiling with laundry soap + soda + silicate glue (for removing carbon from a cast-iron, steel or aluminum frying skillet) 

This old and proven method works in the most hopeless cases when you need to remove a perennial layer of soot from the outer part of the cast-iron or aluminum / aluminum frying pan.

You will need: 

  • Metal basin or bucket of a suitable size (for example, a volume of 10 liters); 
  • 1 piece of laundry soap 72% (optional); 
  • ½ cup of silicate glue; 
  • ½ cup soda ash (sold in household goods) or half a pack of baking soda;
  • Scraper (can be a table knife);
  • Grater (medium) and metal sponge.


Step1: Fill the basin / bucket with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. 

Step2: While the water is heating up, grate a laundry soap (optional). 

Step3: As soon as the water boils, turn down the heat, pour all the soap chips into the basin, stir them, and then add half a cup of glue and a half of soda / baking soda. 

Step4: Finally, dip your pan into the resulting solution after removing the handle from it. If the handle is not plastic / wooden, then lower it into the basin. Now it remains to be patient and cook the pan for 1-4 hours, depending on the degree of contamination.

Step5: After boiling, rinse the pan, transfer it to the sink or a clean basin (plastic can), then proceed to remove the residue with a metal sponge/scraper/knife. 

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Method 5. Boiling with detergent and oil 

According to many users, this way to clean a skillet effectively removes soot from both outside and inside. 

Step1: Fill a large basin with water, add a few tablespoons of sunflower oil and some washing powder. 

Step2: Put the basin on medium heat and immerse the dirty utensils in it. Bring the solution to a boil, then wash the pan as usual.

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Method 6. How to clean a burned skillet by boiling (except for frying pans with non-stick coating)

Step1: Put the pan on the stove and turn on the middle fire.

Step2: Once the pan is warm enough (check with a drop of water), pour 1 cup of water into it and cook a little more (add some dish-washing liquid if you wish).

Step3: Then use a spoon or silicone spatula to scrape away the cinder on the burned areas.

Step4: Wash the utensils in the usual way.

Method 7. Soak with a cleaning solution for mild to moderate contamination

Step1: Squeeze a few drops of dish-washing liquid into the pan, add hot water and let it stand for a few hours or leave it overnight.

Step2: Then clean the utensils as usual with a sponge.

Method 8. “Scrubbing” baking soda (not suitable for Teflon and aluminum pan!)

Step1: Make a paste of equal parts of baking soda and warm water.

Step2: Treat the paste soot, soot or greasy plaque.

Step3: Rinse with warm water and repeat the procedure if necessary.

Method 9. Boiling with soap (for all types of pans except aluminum)

This method is well suited for removing grease and soot from any type of griddle. 

Step1: Rub a quarter of a piece of soap (72%) on a medium grater.

Cleaning skillet by soap

Step2: Put the soap shavings in the pan and cover with water, then heat the mixture, not boiling. 

Step3: Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for another couple of hours.

Step4: Rinse the pan, then sponge with dish-washing detergent.

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Method 10. How to clean a skillet from rust 

Rust is easily removed with dry table salt. Just rub the frying pan, then wash and dry.

Method 11. 3 ways to clean a skillet with powerful chemicals – top 3 super effective tools

In our opinion, powerful household chemicals are indispensable if you need to quickly and with minimal effort clean the pan from carbon and fat. The main thing is to take precautions, use rubber gloves, work with the window open and do not process the dishes for too long. They say that if you cover the pan with Schumannit and leave it for the night, a hole may form on it. 

  1. The cleaner of ovens from Amway – is expensive, is sold only through the Internet or dealers, but removes even old soot and fat in a few minutes, at the same time it is economically spent, it is washed off more easily than its analogs and practically does not stink. If you have animals and children, then this tool is indispensable in the household.
  2. Shumanit Bugs – costs less than Amway and is sold in many hypermarket departments. Slightly less effective than Amway (for example, very old pans may not always be washed off), but still very effective. The main disadvantages are a pungent smell, which is felt even when the window is open, and the difficulty of washing off the product itself.
  3.  The sparkling cauldron – from inexpensive means The sparkling cauldron – the most powerful.

Here is the general instruction:

Step 1: We treat the problem areas with the tool, wrap the pan in the bag (so the smell does not spread throughout the room) and leave it for 15-60 minutes depending on the degree of contamination. 

Step 2: Remove dirt and thoroughly rinse dishes two or three times. For fidelity, the pan can be wiped with vinegar to remove residues.

Method 12. Mechanical cleaning method 

Mechanical cleaning methods are relevant for old steel, aluminum and cast iron pans, when folk methods and chemical agents do not help to remove the long-term layer of soot and fat. But all mechanical methods have one major drawback – removing the layer of dirt from the outer walls of the dishes, almost always removing the upper layer (enamel, anodized layer), which means that in the future the pan will be faster and more covered with grease and soot. After such a radical cleaning, the bottom of the cast-iron / aluminum griddle should be ignited with salt and oil. 

Here are some traditional mechanical methods for cleaning pans: 

  1. Sandblasting. To upgrade your hopeless assistant, you need to pass it for a small fee to the nearest tire shop. The auto mechanic will place the utensils in a special chamber, where, due to compressed air and sand, the deposits will be removed in a matter of minutes. 
  2. Cleaning with a sander. This method of cleaning can be rotated in the country by yourself with the help of a grinder or a grinder with a flap end circle.

Rules for cleaning pans depending on the material and tips for prevention 

Different types of metals and coatings react differently to acids, prolonged soaking and heating. When starting to wash your pan, find out contraindications.

  • It is possible to wash aluminum pans (without coating) with cleaning agents for glass and porcelain dishes, soap solutions with the addition of ammonia. 
  • Any dishes need to be washed only after it has cooled naturally. If you drastically transfer the hot pan to cool water, it can deform. This is especially true of cast iron, aluminum (coated and without) and ceramic pans. 
  • Before soaking or boiling the pan, do not forget to remove the wooden / plastic handle or simply do not immerse it in water.

Removing the handle of skillet before boil it

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