I think its safe to say that even the best chefs occasionally burn the bottom of their pots and pans. The stubborn black marks are difficult to remove and result in hours of soaking and scrubbing. Well, not anymore. Here is a solution to cleaning your burnt pots and pans without too much effort and without any harsh chemicals.

What You Will Need To Clean Your Burnt Pot Or Pan

  • 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup of Boiling Water
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • A Pot Scourer

Firstly, don’t turn off the stove or let the pan cool down entirely. Allow it to cool enough for you to safely add the vinegar and boiling water into the pan and return it to the heat. You want the water and vinegar mixture to be brought to the boil.

Once the mixture is rapidly boiling (it should be turning brown as well), remove the pan from the heat and pour off the solution. Now sprinkle the baking soda onto the bottom of the pan. The baking soda will react with the remaining vinegar and start to fizz. Always pour the vinegar solution out before adding the baking soad as the reaction between baking soda and vinegar produces water and carbon dioxide, neither of which help with cleaning.

Now scour the pot as normal, using the baking soda as the cleaning agent and your pan should be restored to its former glory. If one or two stubborn marks remain, cover them in a tablespoon of baking soda and then add a few drops of water. Allow the mixture to stand for a few minutes and then try scouring them again, they should come off the second time with ease.

If baking soda worked well for you in this case, have a look at these 20 ways in which baking soda can be used around the house. Let us know your tips and tricks for using baking soda in the comments section below.

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Cover Image: fILTHY Frying pan by iwan gabovitch used and adapted under CC By 2.0