How To Clean Pots Using Soda And Water

You’ve probably heard of household vinegar, right? If not, this is one of those home cleaning chores that comes up whenever you get tired of taking the trash out of the sink or your toaster oven.

You’ve probably heard of the bleach in your refrigerator. If not, if your kitchen’s got anything left over from cooking, you might want to try the simple method of cleaning your pots and kettles with it. Although it has the appearance of being “simple,” it actually has its own process and it does take several steps. After all, you need to create a mixture from water, vinegar and baking soda before adding it to your dishwasher. It isn’t pretty, but it can turn your pots and kettles from green to black in no time.

Let’s begin. First, you need to make a paste.

You can make this paste by combining all the ingredients into a jar, but I’ll show you how to make the mixture at home here.

Take 3 cups water. Make sure your water is cold. The water you want is 1 inch below freezing-chilled.

Next, combine 1 cup baking soda and 2 ounces white vinegar. Make sure they do not already match color.

Add this mixture into an empty container and shake it well. When everything is blended, add 1/4 C sugar.

That’s how we’ll get these green, puddling-bottle smelling results.

Now, get ready for a trip down the hall to the kitchen.

Take your kettle or crockpot, and preheat it to medium with 4 C water or more.


Take your bowl of the homemade mix in hand.

It will be much like soup, with the exception that you might want to add more of the baking soda, if you want the mixture to become soupy. If it’s too soup-ish, you can add more water, vinegar, or sugar and shake it more. Remember that a paste is supposed to be thick and soupy; so, if you overdo it, the mixture you’re about to make might be too soupy.

Pour the mixture into the pot. The baking soda and vinegar will add pH and dissolve the ingredients and your recipe will not become too hot.

Set the lid on the pot.

Leave it on for 3 to 4 hours or until it’s done.

Pour your mixture into a sink, and let it sit overnight out of the sun. It may still be a little bit runny, but it will become firm. It should look something like this for the next day when you mix it to use.

Pour it into the bowl of your sink and allow about 1 hour to drain.

I did this overnight and then took out 2 cups of the mix to make a batch of Kool Aid. And, yes, you can taste the mix. As I’ve already indicated, there is a flavor you may find pleasant or not-so-pleasant.

You can make the Kool Aid and get the “sweetener for the sugar” at the same time with these two recipes. 

After the two days, the mixture should be thick and soupy. Add more water to give it the consistency you want. Or, if you don’t want the mixture to become too runny, you can add a little more sugar and cook longer until all the sugar is dissolved.

This is how you’ll have some delicious, sweet, puddly, black pots.

And remember – I said it was easy. This is only really the first step in a series of steps. It’s actually pretty involved. In fact, if you want to make the mix with less steps (and less sugar), you can use just the salt you’re currently using in your kitchen. Make sure you buy the kosher salt.

This is a good time to mention that there are other ways to make a puddle in the pot.