I Tried This TikTok Hack to Clean Burnt-on Grease from My Frying Pan — Here’s How It Went

published Jun 14, 2022
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A long time ago, I adopted an “embrace it” strategy with my cookware. See, I’ve come to realize that my stained baking sheets will never be completely clean. Instead, with their veneer of cooked-on grease, they tell the story of dozens of chocolate chip cookies baked late at night and tender Brussel sprouts roasted to perfection.

The same is true of my pots and pans. I have a set of Tramontina stainless steel cookware from Walmart, highly ranked as a budget-friendly alternative to All-Clad — and they’ve been great. But after the first few months of use, I gave up on getting the outsides completely clean. I’m not the only one in our family who cooks with them, and I’m certainly not going to be the only one to stand and scrub them to perfection every time they’re used.

That’s not to say I don’t want my pots and pans to look closer to like-new condition. So when I saw this mesmerizing TikTok cleaning hack from @isuckatcleaning, I knew I had to give it a try. 

Here’s what I did after watching the video: I grabbed a loose spray nozzle and screwed it on to a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. I sprayed the bottom of the pan liberally, and then sprinkled on a layer of baking soda. After that, I sprayed more hydrogen peroxide onto the baking soda paste, dousing it thoroughly. I ended up using a lot of peroxide and had to do a little patting to get the paste to sit properly on the sides of the pan.

I left the cleaning mixture on for about 10 minutes, and then I reached for my Scrub Daddy, which I also sprayed with a hefty amount of hydrogen peroxide.

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It's easy: All it takes is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Then, I got to town scrubbing. The paste turned brown immediately, so I knew it was lifting some of the gunk that had been caked on the bottom of my pan. When I finished, it wasn’t perfect, but it was definitely better.

Credit: Shifrah Combiths
Still needs work, but stains are lifting!

I’d definitely try this trick again — especially because it’s so easy to implement with items I already have on hand.

How do you clean your greasy, stained pans? Tell us in the comments below.