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Old 08-07-2006, 10:25 PM   #11
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I don't know if it is more acidic or not. Vinegar is recommended for many many things. It is of known acidity.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:27 PM   #12
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Well, Human ... you didn't care to list your location (where you live) in your profile ... so it's a little hard to understand why you can't find liquid ammonia. Like others have said .... you can generally find it in the grocery store on the row with cleaning products .... you may just have to spend a minute or two and read the labels.

The reason for using 5% Distilled White Vinegar instead of lemons is (1) It is a known acidity, (2) It's cheaper than a bunch of lemons.
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Old 08-09-2006, 03:12 PM   #13
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Janitorial grade ammonia, from Ace Hardware did not work on my burned on grease. Soaked my pans two times for about 24 hours each and scoured with steel scrubing sponge. The abrasive helped and the ammonia may have helped a little, but 6 pans times 1 hour or more each is prohibitive. What do those of you who know think about the self cleaning cycle in my oven , for Bon Chef aluminum? some automotive degreaser? some other chemical solution?
I'm sure I'll have to use some elbow grease to re-burnish the pans when done but I'd like to minimize the amount of time needed
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the ammonia resulted in a dull dark greying of the inside of the pans? what is this? is it still food safe? opinions please?

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Old 08-09-2006, 07:28 PM   #14
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For the inside which sounds like burned on grease/food, I suggest you boil full strength white vinegar for 10-15 minutes, let cool, add some full stength dish soap and then scrub and scrub with stainless steel scrubby pad. Repeat
Well, I tried this method today and boiled pure white vinegar today for 20 minutes, and scrubbed with dish soap. The sticky, brown grease stain is still inside the pan. It did remove small amount of grease but not all.

Now, onto ammonia.
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:36 PM   #15
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You could also try oil with salt mixed to a paste and a lil lemon juice. ALOT OF ELBOW GREASE!
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:01 PM   #16
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The reason for using 5% Distilled White Vinegar instead of lemons is (1) It is a known acidity, (2) It's cheaper than a bunch of lemons.
Lemons are also known as an acidity and I was thinking of using lemon juice that comes in a bottle instead of bunch of lemons.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:17 PM   #17
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If the vinegar didn't work, the lemon won't work either.

Use a scouring pad, sandpaper or other abrasive to remove the stains if vinegar won't work. Another poster said the ammonia stained the aluminum.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:28 PM   #18
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TAttrat has it all the way, Human,. You need to SCRUB it, maybe even SCRAPE it with a knife you don't care about--it is called ELBOW GREASE.
Work a little harder and THEn report back, not after each washing.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:38 PM   #19
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...not after each washing.
I don't think I was reporting back after each washing, and wouldn't other people want to know the outcome? I would so I can offer further suggestions.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:44 PM   #20
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Human, do keep us posted.
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