Among the indispensable tools in the kitchen, we cannot ignore cookware, which allows us to prepare tasty dishes to eat. Although steel ones, however, turn out to be particularly durable, they easily tend to dull and lose their original beauty. So, how to go about polishing them? Fear not because today we will look together at some natural and homemade ingredients that can make them like new again!
The first remedy we want to recommend is to use the well-known organic soap, which turns out to be very effective thanks to its very gentle cleaning properties. So, take a bucket containing about 2 cups of water and add inside it about 2 tablespoons of liquid organic soap. After that, dip a sponge into the resulting mixture and run it over the pan several times until you remove that annoying patina that dulls the steel. At this point, rinse and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, making sure to dry very well so as not to leave halos.
Another very effective remedy involves the use of baking soda, an ingredient that can make surfaces shiny and remove the dull patina from the steel of your cookware. All you will need to do is add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a small bowl and add water until you get a mixture with the consistency of a cream. Then, rub this mixture onto the pot gently using a sponge and rinse with warm water. Finally, pat dry with some paper towels: goodbye fingerprints and halos! This mixture can also be used to clean the oven or hood.
After organic soap and baking soda, how could white vinegar, which is also effective for polishing refrigerator steel and removing “fingerprints” thanks to its high polishing power, be missing from the roll call? So, start by pouring a little vinegar on a soft sponge so as not to scratch the steel, after which rub it on the pan and rinse with lukewarm water. Finally, dry it thoroughly with a clean cloth or paper towels. Your pots and pans will be gleaming!
Like vinegar, lemon is also considered a natural polish and brightener that can remove the patina from your pots and pans and also any black stains due to oxidation. So, cut a lemon in half and run it, as if it were a natural sponge, along the entire pot, insisting more on the spots where stains or halos are present. After that, rinse and dry thoroughly-your steel pot will be shiny in no time!
It may seem too good to be true, yet milk, in addition to being the beverage that bids us good morning every morning, is also capable of removing blackness due to oxidation on our pots and pans. Not surprisingly, in fact, it can also be used to bleach laundry and restore it to its original whiteness! Therefore, pour some milk into the pot to be cleaned and bring it to a boil. After that, let it cool a bit and wash the pot by gently scrubbing the oxidized and stained part. Finally, all you have to do is rinse and let it dry. This remedy is especially useful for cleaning the inside.
You should avoid abrasive sponges or metal scouring pads because you may scratch the metal, and some corrosive cleaners, such as those with bleach or chlorine. It is always a good habit to test in an inconspicuous corner of the surface for tolerability.