Natural way to clean pans and pots

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Are your pots and pans looking a little worse for wear? Don't go and toss them out just yet, they may just be in need of a good cleaning and you can learn hose to clean pots and pans the natural way in just a few easy steps. Our pots and pans get really dirty and quite stained too, especially since we're using them every day. All of the grease and food gets burned on or stuck to the inside of the pan where you cook the food as well as on the bottom of the pan. You've most likely tried scrubbing the stains off with just some dish soap and hot water, but they probably didn't budge. Or maybe you tried a chemical cleaner but they tend to be so toxic that you probably want to change over to using non toxic cleaners. Well, you can use non toxic cleaners instead of the chemical ones to clean your pots and pans. Petro, from Creative Homemaking shares with us her cleaning tips for how to clean pots and pans the natural way. This method works just as well as the chemical cleaners, but you won't be inhaling toxic fumes and you won't have to worry about your health and safety. You just need a few ingredients to create the non toxic cleaners that will take all of the stains right off of your pots and pans. The best thing is, you can use it on any type of pot or pan; stainless steel, copper, teflon, or even cast iron which can sometimes be tricky to clean.

Petro shares how to make her Citrus Vinegar cleaning solution which is made from citrus peels and white distilled vinegar. You can use any citrus fruit peels such as lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit so whatever citrus fruits you use the most in your home. Collect all of the peels you can and then you'll also need white vinegar, a glass jar, and a clean spray bottle. You basically take all of the accumulated peels and put them into a jar with vinegar and let it distill in the vinegar for a week or two until all of the citrus essence has been absorbed into the vinegar. You'll know it's ready when the vinegar is orange and it smells like citrus fruit. Once that's ready you bottle it up and it's ready to use all around the house including on your pots and pans for this cleaning tutorial. The only other ingredient you need to clean your pots and pans is some baking soda. Take the home made citrus cleaner, and spray it all over the inside and outside of the pot or pan. Then sprinkle baking soda on liberally. You'll probably do best working on one side of the pan first and then the other. Then take the citrus cleaner and spray it again so that the baking soda bubbles up but not so much that the ingredients start leaking off the pan or pot.

Then, leave both the citrus cleaner and the baking soda to sit on the pan for at least 20 to 30 minutes or more depending on how dirty your pans are. Once they've sat soaking for a while, take your scrubbing pad and get scrubbing all over the pan. The grease and stains should come off really easily and you should notice a big difference in the look of your pans. Try this on different pots and pans in your house and get them all looking like new again. You can also use some lemon juice and vinegar in place of the citrus cleaner if you don't want to wait for your citrus cleaner to be ready.***

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