Julie asked: How do I remove dishwasher soap from the bottom of my frying pans? There is a white residue, like chalk, on the bottom of my pans from dishwasher soap.
If your dishes come from your dishwasher with a white residue, there are a couple of things you can try to get them clean again. One solution is fairly simple, while the second requires a bit more work. Here’s what to do.
You Will Need:
- Unsweetened lemonade flavored Kool Aid
- Clean sink with a stopper or large tub(s)
- Scouring pad
Steps to Remove the White Residue:
- Though not a solution many of us would’ve thought of, the easiest thing to try, is to run the dishwasher a second time with the unsweetened lemonade powder in place of your usual detergent. This will often take care of the problem.
- If that doesn’t work, fill the dishes or pans with full strength vinegar.
- Allow them to soak overnight.
- Wash them out the next morning with a soft cloth. Use a scouring pad to scrub any stubborn spots.
- Repeat as necessary until the soap is gone.
Additional Tips and Advice
- It’s possible that your dishwashing detergent is causing the white spots. You might want to try switching products to see if that helps the problem, particularly if it’s a recurring one. A new detergent, however, might not remove the spots. You may have to do that manually to give a fresh start.
- If the problem occurs on the bottom of your pans or other cooking vessels, you may have burned-on food that attracts the residue or causes it. If the bottoms of your pans are not clean, try a specialty product such as Barkeeper’s Friend to return them to like-new condition. However, this is not appropriate for non-stick surfaces. For these pans, use the method above.
- Many pans are not intended to be washed in the dishwasher. It is best to hand wash them and dry them immediately. Especially pans with a non-stick coating. This will prevent the coating from becoming damaged.
- Some residue is caused from too much detergent being used in the cycle. A typical dishwasher only requires one tablespoon of detergent for proper cleaning.
- If a rinse agent such as Jet Dry is being used, eliminate that first. These aids can leave a build up on the dishes and cause more trouble than good. Try washing the dishes without the rinse aid and see if the problem improves.
- Some residue can be caused from hard water. In these cases, try adding a small amount of vinegar to the wash cycle to help cut through the deposits.
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