Fact or Fiction: Baking Soda and Peroxide Make Your Pans Shine

Photo: Robin Shreeves.

If you spend enough time on Pinterest, you’ll begin to believe there’s an easy trick for making everything in your life bright and shiny. There’s one pin that I see several times a week that promises to make greasy, stained pans shine like new again with one simple trick. I’ve also seen several people post the same idea to Facebook.

The trick is to mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Then, you take your finger or a rag and rub it on a pan that has baked on greasy stains. Rub it off, and voila, your pan will shine like new again. No harsh chemicals. No hard work. Couldn’t be easier or safer.

I decided it was time to try it for myself. I pulled out my broiler pan that has baked on grease stains, mixed up the solution, and rubbed it on my pan. It did nothing. I pulled out a sponge with an abrasive side on it, and tried using that with the solution. It did nothing. Then I tried leaving it on for a while before wiping it off. Still, nothing.

“Maybe I’m doing it wrong,” I thought.

So I went up to YouTube, certain that there would be videos demonstrating how to do it. I did find videos. The first two I came upon, one by KKCO 11 News that wanted to test the process out and one by a woman named Tina Atkinson who posts some DIY videos to YouTube, confirmed that my results were not unusual. The news program rated the solution an “F” because it really didn’t help at all. Atkinson called the cleaning tip “a bust.”

I also came across a great blog called Green Ideas Review that tested this out. The blogs tagline is “testing out sustainable ideas so you don’t have to.” The baking soda/peroxide solution didn’t work in their test either.

I’m ready to call the baking soda and peroxide solution for making pans shine as fiction.

If you’ve given this method of making your greasy cookware shiny again, please leave a comment letting me know what your results were.