A Quick Way to Clean a Greasy Pan

February 6, 2013 | By | Comments (8)

Stack of pots and pans

If you’re like me, you hate to leave dirty dishes overnight. (That doesn’t mean I always get them done before bed, but I try to.) When it comes to greasy pans, sometimes an overnight soak seems like the only option, but there is a quicker way to get them clean. Try this method:

1. Fill the pan halfway with water, add a tablespoon of baking soda and bring the mixture to a boil.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and add a drop of liquid dish soap.

3. Let the mixture cool, then pour out the water. The grease should come away with the water.

4. Wash and dry as normal.

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  1. Antonia James

    If the problem is grease, why on earth would you ever soak overnight? All you’d end up with would be a pan full of cold, greasy, dirty water. Grease needs heat. Very hot water, a generous squirt of good detergent and a thorough scrub, preferably before the caked-on stuff gets too hard, should do the trick. ;o)

    February 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  2. Antonetta

    This is how my great grandmother taught me to clean greasy pans.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  3. Timmie Rheal

    Better use caution with the cleaning idea using “soda” . That can ruin pre-coated pot &pans….saw a demo years ago on waterless cookware.. using soda taking out the finish on a teflon skillet..2/14/13

    February 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  4. Barbara Neuerman

    Will this work on pans which have not stick coatings…my turkey roasting pan is a bear to clean….

    February 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  5. sarah tweedly

    Do you really want all that grease to go down your sink drain?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  6. Diana

    To clean a greasy pan: remove the grease into a plastic bag using a pape towel; run the
    pan under COLD water – any remaining grease will wash right out, use soapy water to
    finish the job. This will take 5 minutes -tops.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm
  7. Diana

    I use dishwasher detergent to soak things like turkey pans, etc.
    Do this as soon as removing turkey and drippings and before
    sitting down to eat. Job made very easy while you are enjoying
    your dinner.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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