Today while on Facebook (or “The Facebook” as my mom says), a post from TheKitchn grabbed my attention. It promised that stained enameled cookware could be cleaned with just boiling water and baking soda.
Boiling water and baking soda you say? This I had to try.
As you can see, one of my beloved Le Creuset pots has some stains. While the stains don’t affect performance, I’d like to get rid of them because…stains.
When I clicked on the article, I realized that it might not apply to the staining of my pan. This cleaning method seems best for new stains, not old ones.
But still…I wanted to try. What if the cleaning solution to my stained pan was sitting in my Arm and Hammer box? How could I not try?
I brought one quart of water to a boil on my new induction burner. Why do I have a not-so-fancy new induction burner? Because my oven died about ten days ago. We bought a new oven. (happy dance) and right now that oven is sitting in the middle of our kitchen waiting for our plumber to install it. (Long story. Loooooong story.)
I grabbed a box of baking soda and measured out two tablespoons as directed. At this point, I was feeling pretty good. PRETTY GOOD.
Water reached a boil. Let’s do this!
Baking soda added.
I allowed the mixture to simmer for a few minutes as directed and then I gently scrapped the bottom with a wooden spoon. To be honest, I could kind of tell this wasn’t working. Yet I posses a stubbornness of hope that extends even to cleaning stained enameled cookware.
After a minute or so, I stopped.
The results. Well….
Yeah….it did nothing for the stains.
Boo! If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!