How To Clean Frying Pan Bottoms

How is it fair that the insides of our pots and pans get all the love and care while the outside takes the brunt of the heat and needs maintenance too?

The inside is easy to care for and gets plenty of love, some soap, warm water, a good scrub, occasionally needing a soak and a good wipe down.

But, what about the outside? The part that sometimes sits on a bare flame and tackles with grease. 

But, how do you even clean it? That’s what we are asking

How Do I Do It?

Using a frying pan will always result in grease and scorch marks on the bottom of your pan, regardless of what type of pan you use or what kind of burners you have. So it is important to give the base of your pan proper care to ensure the ultimate quality of your cookware. 

Degreasing- Depending on the type of pan you have it is advisable to grease with white vinegar or dishwashing soap. However, if your pan is exceptionally greasy it is advisable to invest in a cream degreaser, this cleaning product is widely available in every store, so will be easy to get hold of. 

Getting rid of grime- Leftovers of burned food may latch on to the base of your pan, depending on the material of your pan, the best way to rid yourself of this is to make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Baking Soda is a fantastic way to get clean up many surfaces. 

Scrubbing up- To get those nasty pieces of grease and grime that don’t want to come off, use a brush or scrubbing pad. Be careful while you do this, you want to avoid any scratching.

Though the underside of pans does not contain any non-stick, you can still scratch the surface and do damage to your pan. 

Rinsing- Depending on your pan material, you will want to rinse your pan with warm water and thoroughly dry it before storing your pan. Always ensure any kitchenware or utensils you use are dried properly before being stored.

Ineffectively dried applianced may rust, develop watermarks, or become dirty and develop damp as a result.

Pan Types, Materials, and Considerations

Cast Iron Pans

Although it is not common to use Cast Iron kitchenware anymore if you do possess a Cast Iron pan note that this type of material requires special treatment and regular upkeep in maintenance. 

The primary issue that Cast Iron has is collecting rust. For this reason, you may wish to avoid cleaning with water or avoid it as much as you can.

The best way is to sprinkle a generous amount of salt, cut a potato in half and use the underside, cut side of the potato to scrub vigorously with the salt. Once clean quickly rinse with water and dry with care and ensure complete dryness to avoid rust.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is one of the easiest materials to clean in your kitchen. You can clean this in many ways.

Our favorite way is to scrub away food scraps with easy using baking soda. Use ½ a cup of vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda over the vinegar, and scrub with a damp sponge.

Rinse after clean with hot water and repeat as much as needed. 


Although Aluminum is another easy material to clean. The best way is to use lemon and salt. Be cautious of bleach and ammonia as they may discolor the surface of your pan and can be damaging.

It is also advisable to do so by hand to avoid any possible scratching. Pour salt into a dish and press a lemon, cut side down so that the salt sticks to the flesh of the lemon. Use the salt-coated lemon to rub the pan and clean it. Once done use a wet cloth to remove the residue. 


To clean a copper pan the best technique is using lemon and salt or vinegar and salt.

You can either use the same technique as for aluminum, or you can create a paste using vinegar and salt to cleanse the base of your pan. 

What To Use?

Baking Soda

When cleaning with Baking Soda create a paste which you will use to cover your pan. For a regular-sized pan, use 3 tablespoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water.

Add components as needed for a larger pan, or reduce for a smaller pan. Lather the paste over the required area. Ensure the pan is cold, as you cannot do this on a hot pan. 

Leave the paste-lather pan overnight, the longer the better. Once you have left your pan for a minimum of 12 hours, use a damp cloth to wipe off the grease and then wash with soap and water before using again. 

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an ideal cleaning product as not only is it excellent at removing grease, grime, and stains but it leaves your cookware shining. 

To use fill a large bowl (big enough to fit your pan in) with one part vinegar and two parts water. Soak the pan in the solution, the longer you soak it the easier the grease will come off, twelve hours is recommended, much like with baking soda.

After your pan has soaked wipe off the grease and grime with a sponge, you may need to scrub to get the best results. Wash thoroughly after. 

There are many ways to clean your pan, as well as the infamous baking soda method, vinegar method, and the lemon and salt methods mentioned for the tougher cookware materials, there are other options out there.

You can also consider using oven cleaner, Ketchup, Coca Cola, Kosher Salt, and Bar Keepers Friend.

We do recommend always hand washing and caring for your culinary equipment. We are against dishwashers for pans, especially for superior cleanliness. A dishwasher is a surefire way to slaughter your non-stick pans and your cast iron kitchenware. 

Take care when cleaning your pans.

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