Aluminium pans are handy, lightweight and seen in kitchens around the world.
However, one Reddit user cautioned their use of baking soda on a dirty pan “ruined it”.
Explaining they used baking soda in a dirty pan they wrote: “The baking soda water sat in the cookware all night.
“Today I rinsed it out and the entire bottom is now *not scorched* but feels like it’s been etched everywhere the water was.”
This is because baking soda reacts with the aluminium and can cause your pots and pans to discolour – a process called oxidation.
Instead, use dish soap, warm water, and the rough side of a sponge to remove any remaining discolouration – but avoid any wire wool scrubbers which may scratch.