How to Clean Aluminum Cookware. Those aluminum pots and pans don't have to have that cloudy look. Here's how to get them to shine.
Remove stains inside the cookware by boiling a solution of 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar and 1 quart water in the cookware for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.
Rub the stained surface gently using a soapy scouring pad; rinse.
Polish aluminum by rubbing soapy steel wool very gently along the surface of the cookware. Be sure to move the steel wool in a back-and-forth motion, rather than circular motion, to give the aluminum a uniform appearance.