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Q: Thanks to my very small kitchen (and because I like to display them), I keep my enameled cast-iron Dutch oven and tea kettle (which I think is some sort of enamel as well...it's a vintage piece that belonged to my grandparents) on the stovetop most of the time. As a result, they get more than their fair share of grease splatters and other food stains.

Many of the stains seem near impossible to get off. It doesn't help that I often use the Dutch oven for baking, which I'm sure is exacerbating things. I haven't tried anything more aggressive than Bon Ami and elbow grease yet for fear of damaging them. Does anyone know how I can get these cleaned off and looking as close to new as possible without damaging the enamel?

Sent by Michelle

Editor: Try making a paste of the Bon Ami and water and letting it sit directly on the stains for a few minutes. That usually works for me!

Readers, what advice do you have?

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