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  • 1940s housewives didn't have modern gadgets so had to rely on clever tricks
  • They boiled rhubarb in a burnt pan to make pots shine again in just 10 minutes
  • The hack was rediscovered during archive research for Marigold 

By Imogen Blake For Mailonline

Published: 09:10 EST, 15 February 2017 | Updated: 09:23 EST, 15 February 2017

Cleaning kitchens is an easy task compared to what it was in the 1940s - before modern dishwashers, or powerful products.

But it seems we could still learn something from that era when it comes to removing the stubborn black crust on our pots and pans after accidentally burning dinner.

A 1940s kitchen hack to remove burnt on food from pans has been discovered in the archives - and the secret is rhubarb.

Dishwashers didn't become household staples until the 1950s so 1940s housewives had to clean every dish by hand - after preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for their husband Dishwashers didn't become household staples until the 1950s so 1940s housewives had to clean every dish by hand - after preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for their husband

Dishwashers didn't become household staples until the 1950s so 1940s housewives had to clean every dish by hand - after preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for their husband

Boiling the sharp red fruit in the afflicted pot will make pans shine again in just 10 minutes, according to the old housewife's hack.

The trick was discovered during archive research commissioned by Marigold - famous for making the iconic bright yellow kitchen gloves - to mark its 70th anniversary. 

THE 1940S KITCHEN HACK 

It can be tricky to remove burnt on food and black crust from the bottom of a pan even in the modern era, and it can take a long time using just a scourer and washing up liquid It can be tricky to remove burnt on food and black crust from the bottom of a pan even in the modern era, and it can take a long time using just a scourer and washing up liquid

It can be tricky to remove burnt on food and black crust from the bottom of a pan even in the modern era, and it can take a long time using just a scourer and washing up liquid

Marigold uncovered a 1940s housewife's kitchen hack of using rhubarb to make pans spotless again. The fruit is in season from April until June Marigold uncovered a 1940s housewife's kitchen hack of using rhubarb to make pans spotless again. The fruit is in season from April until June

Marigold uncovered a 1940s housewife's kitchen hack of using rhubarb to make pans spotless again. The fruit is in season from April until June

If your pots and pans are burnt, an application of rhubarb over the afflicted area will bring back the shine in next to no time. 

To clean a burnt pan, chop some rhubarb into small pieces and boil it in the pot for at least 10 minutes until you get a glue-like consistency. 

Rinse with clean water and voilà - admire the results.

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