How to Remove Tough Stains From Your Utensils

While not all utensils require hard labour to clean them, there are some which are ridden with the toughest stains that are quite difficult to scrub off during washing. Read on to know how to remove tough stains from utensils!

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How to remove tough stains from utensils
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There is no denying the fact that we absolutely love our masalas and curries. But, the sad reality is that the utensils in which they are cooked and served are often left badly stained. Whether it’s the bright yellow turmeric stain on a plastic container or the tough black burn stain on our favourite pan, it’s the effort that goes into getting rid of them that can be quite grueling. We have seen that at times even relentless scrubbing can’t get rid of these stains. We have even tried home remedies like baking soda and vinegar but have been sorely disappointed with the outcome. However, we have listed some easy steps that will help you to effectively get rid of stubborn stains on your kitchen utensils.

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You will need:

  • Scrubber
  • Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Lint free cloth/paper towel
  • Vinegar
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How to Get Your Turmeric Stained Utensils Look New Again

Our experience has taught us that we must clean a utensil as soon as we spot a turmeric stain on it. This is because the longer it stays, the tougher it gets to remove it.

  1. Step 1: Scrape Off Leftover Food From Utensils

    The first step is to remove any leftover food residue from your utensils and throw it in the dustbin before you begin cleaning. This will prevent the clogging of the kitchen sink.

  2. Step 2: Lighten the Yellow Stains with a Vinegar Solution

    We have seen that vinegar helps in lightening the bright yellow colour left behind by turmeric to some extent. For this you need to make a vinegar solution with 2 cups of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar and soak your turmeric stained utensils in them overnight.

  3. Step 3: Prepare a Soapy Solution the Next Morning

    You will need to prepare a soapy solution to get rid of the turmeric stains completely from the utensils. This can be prepared by simply diluting a dishwash liquid in water. We tried Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel for this purpose and found that only a drop of it dissolved in water is enough to clean a sink full of soiled dishes.

  4. Step 4: Scrub Gently

    After allowing the soapy solution to rest for a while on the stained area of the utensil, you need to take a sponge or steel wool scrubber and scrub gently. We were amazed to see the ease with which stubborn stains like that of turmeric were coming off effortlessly after this simple process. On checking the ingredients of Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel, we found that it has the goodness of lime and salt. Both these ingredients are often used in our kitchens owing to their degreasing and cleansing powers, which is why we saw the stains vanishing quickly.

  5. Step 5: Rinse the Utensils

    After scrubbing, rinse the utensils well with tap water to get rid of any soapy residue.

  6. Step 6: Dry in The Sun

    Keep your utensils in the sun to dry out naturally. We have observed that sunlight will help in fading away leftover stains of turmeric if any.

How to Remove Burn Stains from Utensils

There have been times when we have forgotten that we have left something on the stove, only to come back to a badly burnt utensil with charred food remnants stuck to it. Getting rid of these black burn stains can be quite harrowing. But worry not, by following these simple steps you will have your utensils sparkling clean in no time.

  1. Step 1: Fill the Utensil With Warm Water

    Once the burnt utensil has cooled down, fill it with some warm water. To this water add 2-3 = tablespoons of regular salt and stir it well, so that it mixes evenly. We then suggest you let the pan soak for 30 - 40 minutes.

  2. Step 2: Boil the Water

    After a couple of minutes, place the utensil on a stovetop and boil the saltwater in it for about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3: Scrub the Remaining Residue

    We have observed that although boiling would get rid of some of the burnt remnants, there will still be some black residue that’s left behind. This is why we suggest you prepare a soapy solution with a drop of Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel and water and apply it to the utensil. After application, gently scrub away the remaining residue with a scrubber. We love how this product makes the foul odour of the burnt food dissipate quickly and lends a refreshing smell to the dishes!

  4. Step 4: Rinse the Utensil

    The scrubbed utensil then needs to be rinsed well under tap water to get rid of all the soap.

  5. Step 5: Dry the Utensil

    Use a paper towel or a lint-free cloth to dry your utensils after washing them.

How to Make Your Utensils Grease Free and Shiny

How to remove these tough stains from utensils is something we have all struggled with, which is why we have listed the following steps to make the process easier for you.

  1. Step 1: Fill the Utensils with Hot Water

    To prevent the grease from sticking to your utensils, we have observed that filling them partially with hot water and baking soda while still warm might help. Allow the utensils to soak in the solution for a while and try washing them before the water in them cools down.

  2. Step 2: Use Soap Solution

    After the soaking, wash the utensils with a soapy solution of Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel and water while using a sponge or scrubber to remove the grease build up.

  3. Step 3: Rinse the Utensils

    Wash the utensils thoroughly in water to get rid of the soap completely.

  4. Step 4: Dry the Utensils

    Once you rinse, wipe down your utensils dry with a kitchen towel. We have noticed that after using Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel, there is no white powdery residue left behind on the vessels and they have a sparkly new appearance!

Key Step

The best way to prevent hard water stains from forming on your utensils is by wiping off excess water. The reason for this is that when water is left to air dry, it forms mineral deposits which in turn appear like white, grainy marks.

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