Originally Posted by rcald2000
(2 of 2) I have a stainless steel 12" frying pan, which has something baked into it. I'm guessing that it's baked on bacon grease. I tried soaking it for 90 minutes attempting to use a sponge and detergent, but no success. I was considering using steel wool (which I don't currently have) or using ajax with bleach. If I use the Ajax, is that safe to use since, since I will obviously be cooking food on the surface of the pan?
Haven't tried it yet but just recently saw where supposedly you can use a dryer sheet to get off messes like that. Fill pan with hot soapy water, drop in a dryer sheet and let it soak for at least an hour, preferably overnight (which I'd do in your case). Per the article I read, you should just be able to wipe off a good portion of the gunk (if not all). If some of it comes off but not all, just repeat. The dryer sheet supposedly softens the gunk plus breaks the molecular bond of the gunk to the pan.
We don't normally use dryer sheets (never will after I saw the chemical residue/build-up on the lint trap that will actually hold water if you don't clean it (brush, soap and water) from time to time) but it's worth buying some to see if it actually works. We just keep forgetting to put them on the grocery list so that we can try, not that we have too many messes where it would of use but it's a lot better than putting out all that elbow grease when we do if it actually works.
Just had a lightbulb moment and looked it up, Duh, supposedly liquid fabric softener works the same way. I do use that so will give it a try next time we have a nasty pan.