How to Clean a Burnt Stainless Steel Pan

How to Clean a Burnt Stainless Steel Pan

It happens to the best of us, you've gotten distracted when cooking and accidentally burnt your pan. Thankfully, there are many ways to clean your stainless steel pan.

In this oneHOWTO article we're going to show you 6 effective methods for cleaning a burnt stainless steel pan. You can also try this with any other type of pan, as these methods are quite versatile.

Method 1: How to clean burnt pans with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar is an excellent cleaning product due to its acidity that, when mixed with baking soda, becomes even more effective. Thus, you can clean your burnt pots with this effective combination. Learn how to clean burnt pots with vinegar and baking soda by following these simple steps:

  1. Fill the burned pot with water, covering the entire bottom.
  2. Add vinegar and turn on the fire so that it begins to boil.
  3. When the water and vinegar boil, remove the pot from the heat.
  4. Also, to clean burnt pots on the inside when there is a lot of burned and stuck part, you need to add baking soda.
  5. You will see that there is a reaction and bubbles come out. It is normal and you can wash the container by rubbing the inside with this mixture of water, vinegar and bicarbonate and a scouring pad or sponge. Use a scouring pad if the pot does not have a nonstick coating, but if it does, then use a soft sponge to avoid damaging the coating.
  6. In the case where some stains remain, apply a paste made with bicarbonate and a few drops of vinegar diluted in water. In other words, prepare the same mixture as before but much thicker (more bicarbonate than liquids). Let it act for a few seconds and then use the scourer, brush or sponge to rub the paste over the burned area and remove all the remains after rinsing the pot with clean water.

You may also be interested in reading our article about the best uses of baking soda, or our article on the household uses for vinegar.

Method 2: How to clean burnt pots with baking soda

This method is the best for burnt stainless steel pans and it only requires baking soda. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda for every 1.5 liters of water in the container. Then, follow these instructions:

  1. Heat up your stove and put the pan with water on top.
  2. When the water boils, add the baking soda, stirring it until it dissolves.
  3. After a few more minutes of boiling, remove the pot from the heat.
  4. With a spatula (preferably a wooden one), scrape off the burned parts of the inside of the pot.
  5. Once you get the black out of the container, empty it and let it cool.
  6. Finally, wash the pot as you normally would.
  7. If there are black spots that continue to be there, use a baking soda paste to rub directly onto those spots. You can make this paste with baking soda and a little water or, if you see that it is very stuck and difficult to remove, we recommend you try the mixture that includes vinegar and we have explained in the method before.

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Method 3: How to clean a burnt pot with coca-cola

Coca-cola is actually a great household resource with which you can clean burnt pots, both inside and outside, easily thanks to its composition with certain acids and gas. At oneHOWTO we help you learn how to clean a burnt pot with coca-cola, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open and pour a bottle of cola into the container.
  2. Heat up the stove to bring the soda to a boil.
  3. Remove the pot when the soda has started to boil.
  4. Scratch the surface with a scouring pad. Thanks to the acidity of the cola, the black spots will disappear quickly.
  5. To clean the burned pot on the outside, you can fill a basin or sink with this soda and use it to soak the pot for about 20 minutes and then clean it using a soft scouring pad or sponge.
  6. Then, clean as you normally would.

Method 4: How to use lemon to clean burnt pots

Cleaning a burnt pot with lemon is also an effective method thanks to its citric acid. So, if you want to clean your stainless steel pan with lemon, follow these steps:

  1. Cut a lemon in half.
  2. Rub the lemon over the black spots on the pot.
  3. With the help of a scouring pad, finish rubbing the lemon juice until the pot is clean and regains its shine, because little by little you will see that the burned parts are coming out of the metal surface.
  4. As you see that it remains clean of burned parts, do not forget to wash the pot as you usually do with dish soap or in the dishwasher, so you will remove all traces of dirt and you can use it again without problems.

After having learned how to clean burnt pots with lemon, we encourage you to also learn how to use lemon to clean other household items.

Method 5: How to use salt to clean burnt pots

You can also clean a burnt pan with salt. Salt is an inexpensive resource that you can use for many reasons, not just cooking. So, if you do not have baking soda or vinegar at home, you can try this method that only requires salt. Follow our instructions:

  1. We recommend that you remove as much dirt as possible from the inside of the pot before cleaning with salt. So, do a first basic cleaning with water and a scouring pad, so the product you use later will act more easily and be more effective.
  2. Pour some warm water into the pot and add 2 tablespoons of salt.
  3. Rub the pot with a soft sponge, insisting on the burnt areas.
  4. If you can't get rid of all the burnt spots, boil some water and salt in your pan.
  5. Once it has cooled down, rub again with the sponge and you will finish with the stains.

You may also be interested in our article about how to use sea salt to make body scrub.

Method 6: How to clean burnt pots with bleach

Despite the unpleasant smell it leaves behind, cleaning a burnt pot with bleach is another effective method. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Fill the pot with room temperature or cold water if you need to remove the burnt areas from the inside, or fill the sink or a basin with water if you need to clean the burnt areas from the outside of the pot.
  2. Add a small squirt of bleach. Remember it is very effective.
  3. Wait 3 - 5 minutes for the mixture to work in the pot, removing the black spots.
  4. Rub the container with a soft scouring pad to remove the burned remains.
  5. Lather the entire pot with the usual soap and then rinse it well to finish removing all the residues, bleach and soap. Make sure it is well rinsed and you will be done!

Lastly, you may also want to learn how to naturally whiten clothes without bleach.

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