Saturday, January 16, 2016

Housekeeping Tip - How to Clean Burned, Scorched Pans, Instead of Throwing Them Away. Gasp!

My muffin pan is due for some TLC. I use it for individual meatloafs, cupcakes, and muffins. It is a pain trying to clean inside each individual cup. There is so much baked on grease I embarrassed to post the photo. Ugh!

Pans like these are still good and I am guilty in my younger years as a housewife of "throwing" pans away deemed to dirty to wash. Now, I am more frugal and would not throw them away. I have several 1950's vintage pans that need some attention as well.

This morning I spent some time researching a natural "old fashioned" way to make my pans shine.

Yes, they are awful! I'm totally embarrassed to post this but I know I'm not alone with this predicament. It sneaks up on a unsuspecting housewife. It's a "I'll get to it later" kind of thing, and later is here.

Below is a 24 Cup Muffin Pan. Other pan's will require more or less of the recipe. This is what I used for cleaning this particular pan.

SIMPLE RECIPE for Cleaning Baked On Grease from Pans.
  • 2 Quarts of Water
  • 3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • Heat Oven to 350 Degrees
Add Baking Soda to the Water and Mix well until the baking soda is dissolved.
Pour mixture into each cup almost to the top. If you run out of mixture, just make more.

Put pan in the oven for 20 minutes. My water was boiling. I shut the oven off and let the pan cool before removing it. Safety first!

Take the pan out and put into your sink. Add some dish detergent to the water and sponge or rag of your choice and wipe down the pan. My pan was extra dirty and I did this whole procedure twice before I was happy with the outcome. 

Muffin Pan - Before Cleaning
Muffin Pan - After

All in all I say that this works. My muffin pan was incredibly stained with baked on grease . Most I suspect would start off with what my pan looks like after I cleaned it with the baking soda mixture. I am pretty happy with the results. I will probably do this one more time to see how much more will come off.

Thanks for following!
Happy Housewifing!


  1. Gloves, Borax, Dawn, and a scrub sponge. Works great on glass as well. Rinse thoroughly when done.

    1. Hello and thanks for your comment!

      I have all of that! I wanted to try to oven method to see what would happen. I will use your tip to get the rest of my pans clean as well. I'm also trying to get away from using chemicals in my kitchen so this recipe/tip is perfect.

      Mrs. Jenn

  2. If there are any stubborn spots you can use aluminum foil to scrub in place of steel wool. Dawn is also awesome for cleaning your oven. Add in baking soda and vinegar to make a paste. Leave on 5 minutes and wipe away grease. May need to be applied twice.

  3. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! I have SO many of pans like these and I'm embarrassed of it too! Thankyou for the help! xx

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  5. I would add that baking soda and vinegar turns into salt water. The bubbles are a chemical reaction as a result of the neutralization reaction occurring between the acid and base, and do not affect the stains.