Boiling WaterSometimes the easiest way to clean a burnt pan is to return to the scene of the crime and heat things up again. All you need is your stovetop, water, baking soda, and a scrub pad:
- Fill the burnt pot or pan with enough water to cover the burnt area.
- Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for about five minutes.
- Remove the pot from the stove and set it on a potholder to cool down.
- Once the water has cooled, pour it out and use a plastic or wooden spatula to scrape away any residue.
- Sprinkle two tablespoons of baking soda on the burned spots and clean the burnt pan with a plastic scrubber, then rinse.
Vinegar and Baking SodaDistilled white vinegar is a natural cleaner and degreaser, and baking soda is a mild abrasive that can clean a burnt pot and restore the shine. Unlike some other cleaning methods, this burnt pot cleaning process doesn't require mixing the two ingredients:
- Mix equal parts water and white vinegar and pour in enough to cover the burnt area.
- Bring the vinegar and water to a boil on your stovetop.
- Let it boil for five minutes.
- Remove it from the heat and pour the contents down the drain.
- Rinse the burnt pan with cool water and pour enough baking soda to cover the burnt area.
- Use a scouring pad to scrub away any remaining burn marks and then rinse the pan.
LemonsWant to clean a burnt pan without making your kitchen smell like vinegar? Lemons are a natural bleaching agent and cleaner, and they can do wonders for burned pots and pans. Here's how to make burnt pots shine and give your home a fresh, clean aroma:
- Cut two lemons into quarters and put them in your scorched pot with enough water to submerge them.
- Bring the water and lemons to a boil and let it simmer on high for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pot and let the water cool down for five minutes.
- Pour out the water and lemons and finish scrubbing any burn marks with a scrubber and dish soap.
Aluminum FoilHere’s a trick you can use on old and new marks: aluminum foil will clean a burnt pan and give it back its shine. It takes a little more work than the methods above, but aluminum foil can tackle even the toughest burns on cookware. So grab your foil and let's start scrubbing:
- Add enough hot water to the pot or pan to cover the burnt area.
- Pour in a little dish soap and let the cookware soak for 30 minutes.
- Tear off about a 12-by-12 inch sheet of aluminum foil and roll it into a ball.
- With the cooled water still in the pot, scrub the burn marks vigorously until the shine returns.
- Wash the pot or pan with dish soap and rinse.