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Aluminum pans can't always be cleaned in the same manner as you would when regularly washing the dishes. You can clean aluminum pans by combining a auarter cup each of cream of tartar, baking soda, and vingar to make a paste, then stir in two tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent. Rub it into your pan and scour with a plastic scrubber. (Be sure to never use bleach or ammonia on aluminum as it will cause discoloration.) To restore color and shine to an aluminum pan, boil some apple peels for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.