How To Restore Hard Anodized Cookware Properly

Although anodized cooking instruments boast with their durability and uniform heat distribution, if you do not know how to restore hard anodized cookware in the right way, you cannot keep their excellency for long.

Here, in this article, we will introduce to you the best way to maintain your hard anodized cooking utensil. However, you might just need to take one or two steps.  But not all three of them, depending on your own case.
Keep reading to learn!

Hard anodized cookware needs proper cleaning to be long-lasting.

How to restore hard anodized cookware:

Step 1: Use specialized detergents and tools

To clean your cooking equipment, you should avoid any cleaner that is not intended for them.
Rather, you had better utilize a more specific product. A powerful detergent is preferable, but a mild one is still okay if your items are not too sturdy or too dirty.

Whatsoever, pouring liquid household cleaning agents, caustic cleaners like oven cleaner, bleach, or alkaline-based cleaning products like baking soda on your anodized pots and pans are not recommended.

Pouring liquid household cleaning agents, caustic cleaners like oven cleaner

Also, you need to scrub them gently with mild scouring powders such as Ajax, Barkeeper’s Friend, or Comet.
The perfect supportive tools list includes non-abrasive or scrubby sponges, dishcloths or rags, and soft-bristle cleaning brushes.  Steel wool is absolutely excluded, but abrasive scrubbing pads are allowed insofar.

Step 2: Wash your cooking instrument

Like any other cooking utensil, anodized ones also need to be washed before you can use them. However, you should wash them with mild dish soap and warm/hot water by hand and dry them completely.
The sooner you clean your cooking equipment after use, the less effort you have to make to clean and maintain it.

Wash them with mild dish soap and warm

Tips: When you cook, applying a layer of cooking oil on the whole inner surface of your cookware can alleviate food sticking to it.

  • Don’t dip hot cooking instruments in cold water, or else they will quickly become warped. Instead, let them cool down thoroughly before washing.
    Nonetheless, if you do vice versa, putting cold cooking utensils in hot water will not matter.
  • A dishwasher is likely to scratch and discolor your anodized cooking equipment.

Step 3: Get rid of the stubborn stain and burnt residue

This is an extra step in case your cookware has stubborn stain spots that challenge you in removing them.
Here, notice that we will have two distinctive methods to clean the interior and exterior of the cooking instruments.

For the outside parts:

If there is any burn or stain on the exterior parts of your pots and pans, you can utilize a scouring cleaner to scour them. For instance, a paste of mild scouring powder or baking soda with a small amount of water is proven to be effective.

Rub the mixture on the dirt with a soft-bristle cleaning brush or dishcloth then rinse the cookware with hot water.

For the inside parts:

To remove burnt residue and stains on the inner surface of your pots and pans, you can simply soak them in hot soapy water. But if that is still insufficient, you can try simmering dish soap inside your cookware to take away hard-headed stains and residue.

In detail, pour water in your pots/pans and add a few dishwashing agents. Simmer them in around 15 to 20 minutes then allow them to have a minimum time of half an hour to cool down.
Lastly, drain most of the soapy water and use a soft-bristle cleaning brush/gentle scrubbing pad/dishcloth to scrub at the stain/burnt marks before rinsing well.

Drain most of the soapy water and use a soft-bristle cleaning brush

Tips: In this final step, you can use additional gentle scouring powder like Barkeeper’s Friend to wipe out the stain in hot water, too.


So we have guided you on how to restore hard anodized cookware in the right way. Remember to follow the above steps exactly and frequently to keep your cooking instrument not only long-lasting but also like new.
Comment below if you have a better method to share or want to ask any question.
Anyway, thanks for reading!