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Helpful Tips in Cleaning Scorched Pots And Pans

Yup, you can still completely clean those burnt pots and pans!

One of the struggles in the kitchen is cleaning scorched pots and pans. It is stressful to see those burnt surfaces in your favorite cookware, but don’t lose hope because you can still save them! 

Instead of spending hours of scouring sessions in your kitchen sink, consider effective and easy ways in cleaning your pots and pans. You just have to be patient and exert an effort to make it look brand new again. (Read: Here’s Your Ultimate Guide For A Spotless, Germ-free Kitchen)

Rest your weary arms now and try these methods in cleaning your scorched pots and pans at home!

Cleaning Scorched Pots: Use hot water, baking soda, and vinegar

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Boiling water to deglaze the burnt portion in your cookware is a natural cleaning method that doesn’t require any toxic chemicals. Another good thing is baking soda and vinegar are accessible in most kitchens!

Fill the pot or pan with a few inches of water, enough to cover the scorched area. Add two tablespoons of baking soda, then boil it for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pot or pan from the stove. Set it aside to cool down. Use a plastic spatula or wooden spoon to carefully scrape the scorched area. (Read: 4 Time-Saving Tips to Defrost Your Freezer)

If there are still remnants, fill the pot or pan again with equal amounts of water and vinegar. Boil it for about 5 minutes. Pour the liquid down, then use a sponge or scouring pad to scrub any remaining burnt bits.

Cleaning Scorched Pots: Boil some lemons

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Similar to the previous method, boiling water with lemons might work too—but without the pungent odor! Slice two to three lemons, place them in the pot or pan and fill in enough water to cover the entire scorched area. Boil it for 5 to 10 minutes, let the burnt particles come off. Wait for the hot water to cool down. Drain it and discard the lemons, rinse with clean water, then lightly scrub off the remaining stain with a sponge. (Read: 3 Food Items That Bear the Illuminating ‘Color of the Year’)

Cleaning Scorched Pots: Use Aluminum foil

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For this one, you just have to repeat the hot water, baking soda, and vinegar method. This time, you will use Aluminum foil instead of a sponge, spatula, or wooden spoon. The Aluminum foil hack for cleaning a scorched pot and pan is inexpensive, but it requires more scrubbing, unlike the previous methods. Here’s an important caution for everyone: do not use Aluminum foil on non-stick pans as it will scratch the bottom and coating. 

Let the pot or pan soak for at least 30 minutes, then crumple a sheet of Aluminum foil to scrub the stubborn burnt residue until it is completely removed. Once you’re done, clean the pot or pan.

Cleaning Scorched Pots: Soak a dryer sheet

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Photo from Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn

A fabric softener sheet can be a surprising tool in cleaning scorched pots and pans! Fill the pan with hot water and submerge the dryer sheet, make sure to push it under the water to get it fully saturated. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Let it sit for an hour or more. Remove the dryer sheet and drain the water. Scrub the pot or pan thoroughly using a sponge or scouring pad. Don’t forget to rinse it to eliminate the residue left by the dryer sheet. (Read: READ: Young Adults Recall Funny Moments They Were Scolded in the Kitchen)

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