How to clean up a frying pan or skillet

If your frying pan becomes so dirty that the stains of burnt fat and grease can not be removed, or you found one for sale at the flee market, follow this instructions. As long as it is flat at the bottom and doesn’t wobble on a flat surface it worth the effort of a thorough clean up. You need some oven cleaner spray, rubber gloves, a plastic bag, vinegar (fermentation of distilled alcohol), some wool of steel, natural cooking oil and some time. The ones you see here took about a week – each.

Use oven cleaner spray. Put on your rubber gloves and spray the pan thoroughly and stick it in a plastic bag so the oven cleaner doesn’t dry out and let it rest for a day or two.

Spray the pan and put into a plastic bag
Spray the pan and put into a plastic bag

Clean the pan and repeat oven spray process if necessary. Cleaning can be done with course wool of steel. I even had a hammer and a chisel. Just make sure you get rid of all the unwanted burnt stains.

Clean the pan
Clean the pan

Make sure all burnt stains are gone.

  1. Clean the pan thoroughly with detergent.
  2. Let the pan soak for 45 to 60 minutes in warm water mixed with some strong vinegar. The vinegar will neutralize the oven cleaner spray and get rid of the rust.
  3. Use some fine wool of steel (like Svinto) and clean the pan again with detergent and wipe it dry.
  4. Put the pan in the oven for 30 minutes in 150 degrees Celsius.  Increase the temperature to 250 degrees for another 30 minutes.
  5. Bring out the pan and smear it with a neutral vegetable oil then put the pan back upside down (so the excessive oil does not stack up inside the pan) in the oven while the oven cools down. Bring the pan out a couple of times and wipe off any extra oil. When the pan is cool – enjoy.