I have a confession. If you send me a “forward” (aka FWD:) on email there is a good chance I won’t read it. Especially if it’s one that says I must forward to 15 of my closest friends within 15 minutes, “or else”…
Every once in a while, though, one catches my eye.
When iDreamofClean first began, someone forwarded me an email titled “Bounce This Along” describing several unorthodox uses for Bounce dryer sheets. I imagine that any ol’ dryer sheet will do but using the name brand Bounce sure works with the catchy title. Either that or it was a clever marketing tactic. Either way, I recently decided it was worth a try to test one of those suggestions.
The claim is that you can remove baked-on foods from a cooking pan by putting a sheet in the pan, filling the pan with water, and letting it sit overnight. You should only have to sponge it clean the following morning since the anti-static agent weakens the bond between the food and the pan.
I’ve mentioned before that I cook everything on high, which means that I had no shortage of pans to test this method. I followed the instructions but, unfortunately, did not see the results I expected. As you can tell from the picture below, the pan is slightly less charred in the after (3rd) photo than in the before (1st) photo. But, it doesn’t look brand new as I had assumed it would.
I definitely could tell that soaking a dryer sheet in a pan with a minimum amount of cooked on food would be an easy way to remove the food. Unfortunately, my pans could possibly be a bit more disastrous than most! Sometimes kitchen tips work great, other times they need a bit of tweaking. I’m going to try this method again to see if a second round will make a better dent in the mess. Until then, I’ll just trust the handy, dandy pan scraper to remove the easy stuff!
Have you ever tried using a dryer sheet to remove cooked on food from a pan? Would you consider trying it?