‘Old wive’s tales’ may be a phrase used dismissively – but here’s a tip from Grandma that may save your posts and pans

If you’re having problems with burnt-on grease, stains and grime spoiling your expensive pans, read on…

Burning a pan accidently happens to the best of us – and getting the stains off afterwards can be a chore.

We’re going to use a bicarbonate of soda paste to get rid of the elbow grease

There are a few ways you can do this, depending on the type of stain, and how bad it is.

If you’ve just let some food catch, you can sprinkle some bicarb and salt in the pan, and rub in well.

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If it’s an older, or more set, stain, especially one made by fat oxidising, make a paste of bicarb and dishwashing liquid instead.

It can be allowed to soak for as little as 15 minutes, or overnight for really tough problems, before being worked off with a sponge.

Either way, your pan will come up sparkling once again!