This Homemade Pot and Pan Cleaner is so simple to make, non-toxic, and will get even those pots with burned on food as clean as they were when they were new!
One of my favorite pots to cook soups in is my cast iron dutch oven. The only problem is, it isn't non-stick. Some stuff always sticks to the bottom. I also have a beautiful stainless steel pot that I use often, and it has the same issue. Not to mention, I have a real knack for burning things...just ask my husband about the year I burned his chili right before the chili cook off...not one of my finer moments.
Before I started using my homemade cleaning scrub, I would have to soak my pots and pans overnight, and sometimes they still wouldn't come all the way clean. Now, I just add some of my Pot and Pan Cleaner to a sponge and let it do the work! It's so easy to make with a few household ingredients and will save you a ton of elbow grease and time too!
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What You Will Need:
1 Cup of Baking Soda ( Purchase HERE )
2 Tablespoons of Castile Soap ( Purchase HERE )
15 drops of Orange Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
⅛ Cup of Water
Start by adding all of your ingredients to a bowl.
Use a kitchen whisk to mix well.
Spoon your paste mixture into a jar or other airtight container.
To use, apply some paste to a damp scrub sponge or dish scrubbing brush.
Massage the paste into the burned on or dried on food particles. The Castile soap works to clean the pan, the orange oil and baking soda help to lift anything that is stuck to the pan without scratching. For really tough spots, add some more paste and some warm water, then scrub with sponge.
I store my Pot and Pan Cleaner Paste in a glass jar and keep it under my sink. I also use it to remove melted cheese and other stuck on foods from my white ironstone dishes...it works wonders on coffee mug and dish scratches too!
Will this work on smooth cooktop
Absolutely, Vicki, and in your oven too!
Nancy J Umstead says
Question - could this also be used for Oven Cleaner? Mine needs a cleaning but those in a can oven cleaner always have such awful after smell and most I have found hard to use. Sprays are difficult to control.
Definitely, Nancy! I use it all the time for my oven and my stove top too!
I used this to clean a nasty plastic garbage pail, my tub, bathroom sink as well at my stove, oven oven and pans. I would be lost without this stuff.
G'day from downunder. The black on pots comes from soap left on the pot after washing - always rinse well after washing
Will lemon essential oil work as well as the orange in this recipe? Love your DIYs!!!
Definitely, Trish! The lemon and orange essential oils both have amazing grease lifting abilities!. xoxo Jess
Is any citrus essential oil suitable? I have grapefruit and mandarin instead.
Hi, Tonia! Yes, any citrus oil should work great!
I have used other s like lemon and grapefruit and it worked for me
About the homemade castle soap.....since so concentrated, are the same amounts used in the recipes for the homemade as the store bought liquid form? Ie: still use 2 Tbs. homemade castle soap in this pot and pan paste recipe? In other words, is the homemade castle soap the same concentrate as store bought liquid? Thank you all your input!!!!!!!
I used your scrub on my oven. I don't have the strength to do a heavy scrubbing job. It took me about 90 minutes(because I had to keep stopping) and it was clean to the point that it shined. I sent a picture of it to my daughter on facebook and she had me make her up some as well.
I'm so happy it worked well for you, Grace! I know it takes some work, but it's totally worth it in the end, right? ;)
Have a beautiful day,
Mary T says
Con this be used on aluminum pots and pans? Yes after many years I still use them,
Debbie Popovich says
can I use dawn dish soap instead of castile?
Absolutely! I use Castile soap or Dawn :)
Thanks for this cleanser. I truly need this, because often I am putting water in my pots/skillets and letting them soak. After soaking for a while, having to still scrub hard to remove what’s left. I will be using this very soon.
Where do you buy the castile soap +orange oil? Do they have other cleaning products other than the list?
You can also buy them at your local grocery store or health food stores, or you can purchase them on Amazon, here ---> Castile Soap Orange Essential Oil
Is the homemade castile soap the same concentrate as the store bought liquid?