This is a picture of a pot I have. It is very old, old as me I’d say. Let’s just say it was purchased either during the Kennedy or the Johnson Presidency. To my knowledge the bottom has never been cleaned.
Call it lazy, call it being too busy, but I know I never got around to cleaning the bottom and I think neither did my mother. I like using her pots as she has been gone since I was a girl. I often think of her and smile as I wonder what dinners she may have made (or burnt) in them. It makes me feel special to know she once lovingly burned the same dinner I do!
My pots stay in the cabinet when not in use, and they get a lot of use, so I never considered it a top priority to clean the bottoms of my pots and pans.
I decided to take on the challenge of cleaning the bottom. Why? To show you there are ways to easily clean pots and pans without poisoning yourself.
See, the commercials for products you see where you just dip the pot into a solution and wipe off really don’t work that easily on pots used every day like mine and what they use is so toxic you risk poisoning yourself and everyone else in your household not to mention the Environment when you dump it down the drain.
Here is what I did.
I used Shaklee’s Scour Off.
I scooped out a small amount, added some water, took a Miracle Scrubber Pad and just started working it in. I didn’t have to work hard and this picture was taken after just a moment or two or working it in, then rinsing it off.
As you can see the copper is shining through. Yes, I know it still has some residue on the clean side, but I just went over it for a moment and this stuff is pushing 50 years old! I can get the few lines left off easily. If it looks a bit dull it’s because I didn’t rinse and dry off very well. This stuff rinses off easily, but I was in such a hurry to show everyone I took the picture right away. That and my son’s bus was coming and I knew I was going to use it to cook with in a minute! You’re a mom, you understand.
Shaklee’s Scour Off is amazing! I use it as an oven cleaner and let’s just say my oven gets a lot of use and ends up with a lot spills and spatters.
For an oven cleaner, if you don’t have a self-cleaning one, heat oven to very hot for 30 minutes. Then turn off, open door to cool and as soon as it’s cool enough to touch, but still warm, wet the surface and apply the Scour Off with a damp scrubber and work in. Then rinse with a damp cloth.
If you do have a self-cleaning oven, go ahead and run it through its cycle, then hit the areas it didn’t burn off with Scour Off on a wet scrubber pad and rinse.
I have a glass top stove, which I love. Do you boil over liquids or splatter food that gets burnt on as much as I do? It seems I can’t cook anything without spilling it over the side and onto the hot burner, seemingly encrusting it for life on the cooktop. For the top of the stoves to clean off burnt on food or liquids that boil over, take a small amount of Scour Off on a scrubber sponge, add water and work in, wipe clean.
Scour Off will not scratch most surfaces, but some scouring pads will, so watch what you use to work it in with. I usually only use a dish rag that has a scrubby side to it. If I need a scrubber pad with more muscle because I got lazy and didn’t clean the spill till a week later, then I use the Miracle Scrubber Pad.
Ever burn food in a pot, on a baking sheet or roasting pan? If you have that residue left over Scour Off is great at getting those stains out, too!
Scour Off can be used on surfaces that do not scratch easily, so I don’t recommend using it on delicate chrome or other soft metals. If unsure, test in a small area first with water and again, watch what pad you are using.
You can use Scour Off on most other surfaces like counter tops, tubs, tiles, grills, toasters and more.
We even used it on our truck wheels. We bought this used truck that had a buildup of this caramelized residue. My husband never believed anything would get those wheels cleaned without scratching them. A little Scour Off and a toothbrush and I had sparkling new looking wheels!
My husband owed me the dollar I bet him. Hmmm, I should have bet him to clean the bottom of all my pots and pans.
If you have a stubborn stain or buildup on something, but are afraid to use Scour Off due to it being a soft metal, you can try this trick:
Take a sponge and thoroughly wet it. Apply a small amount of Scour Off to the sponge and work in well. Then squeeze the Scour Off “juice” onto the area to be cleaned and softly clean with a wet soft sponge or rag. I have done this on soft metal like chrome to get tar off and other items without scratching.
One very important thing to remember when using Scour Off - Use plenty of water and watch that the pad you are using isn’t scratching. So no brillo pads or other metal scrubbers as they are scratchers. With Scour Off you don’t need to “scratch” the dirt off!
Comparable to Ajax® with Bleach Powder Cleanser and Comet® with Bleach in the removal of kitchen grease and grime.
Here are just a few of the dangers of using store bought, toxic oven cleaners and scouring agents:
Contains lye, which is highly corrosive. Vapors are highly toxic and can damage lungs, brain & kidneys. Burns the skin, mouth throat and stomach. Causes permanent blindness.
Yikes! Who would want to expose themselves to that just to have a shiny bottom on their pot or a clean oven?!
Here is some info on the safety and effectiveness of Scour off:
Scour Off is an exclusive scouring cleanser that sets a new standard. It’s a paste, so it doesn’t form dust clouds, yet it gently removes stains other cleansers can't and is great for cleaning tubs, ovens, sinks, and tiles and it will even remove rust, and is great for cleaning these surfaces: copper, grout, cement, ceramic, and imitation marble.
Natural ingredients remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.
- Scour Off is made from natural mineral abrasives and biodegradable cleaning agents. It does not contain chlorine, bleach, or dye.
- Wide-mouth jar makes it easy to use.
- Natural abrasives
- No harsh chemicals
- Biodegradable surfactants
- No phosphates
Surfaces to Avoid: Do not use Scour Off to clean glass, mirrors, stainless steel, marble, silver, brass, aluminum, acrylic, pewter, colorized aluminum, formica, inside the toilet tank, and any other brushed, mirror-like, shiny, or soft finishes.
So you can clean your oven, your stove, your pots and pans and many other dirty, grimy things without poisoning yourself, the kids, the dog or the Environment.
I almost forgot! To show you how safe Shaklee’s cleaners are, our new puppy who is a “greedy-gut” meaning she is always hungry, is always at my feet in the kitchen. When I was cleaning this pot, a piece of Scour Off fell to the floor. In a heartbeat she had gobbled it up! I wasn’t worried though as I know Shaklee’s cleaners are non-toxic. She is fine and was begging for more!
You can’t say that with other store bought cleaners and if she had gobbled up some of those other toxic scouring cleansers, my son would be crying his eyes out over the death of his puppy.
What if she was a toddler instead of a dog? Think about that for a moment. Should you really have to risk the safety of your children and pets just to clean a burnt pot?
It’s time to switch to safe cleaners that actually work.
Did I also mention they save you money? That’s right. Shaklee’s cleaners and laundry products are so concentrated you save hundreds of dollars every year!
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Now, should I finish cleaning this pot or play with the puppy? You guessed it…:)
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