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Cleaning burnt pans!

Cleaning burnt pans can be a challenging task, but there are several easy and inexpensive methods you can try. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Materials you may need:

  1. Baking Soda

  2. Vinegar

  3. Dish Soap

  4. Water

  5. Non-abrasive scrubber or brush

  6. Paper towels or a soft cloth


  1. Cool the Pan:

  • Allow the burnt pan to cool completely before attempting to clean it. Trying to clean a hot pan can be dangerous.

2. Remove Loose Debris:

  • Dispose of any loose burnt food or debris from the pan.

3. Add Water:

  • Fill the pan with warm water to cover the burnt areas.

4. Baking Soda Method:

  • Add 2–3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water in the pan.

  • Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.

5. Scrub with a Non-Abrasive Tool:

  • Use a non-abrasive scrubber or brush to gently scrub away the burnt residue. Avoid using steel wool or abrasive scouring pads as they can damage the pan’s surface.

6. Vinegar Method (Optional):

  • If baking soda alone doesn’t work, you can try adding a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to the pan. Let it sit for a while and then scrub.

7. Dish Soap and Warm Water:

  • If the pan is still not clean, you can try soaking it in warm water with a few drops of dish soap and then scrubbing again.

8. Rinse and Dry:

  • Rinse the pan thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaning agents.

  • Dry the pan with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Time Frame:

  • The time it takes to clean a burnt pan depends on the severity of the burns and the method used. Some methods may require overnight soaking, while others may take just a few hours.

What to Avoid:

  1. Abrasive Materials:

  • Avoid using steel wool, abrasive scouring pads, or abrasive cleaners as they can scratch and damage the pan.

2. Harsh Chemicals:

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may be unsafe for cookware or leave a residue.

3. High Heat:

  • Do not use high heat to try to burn off the residue, as this can further damage the pan.

Safety Considerations:

  • While cleaning pans, be cautious not to use any materials or methods that may compromise the integrity of the cookware or introduce harmful substances. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and care.

By following these steps, you can effectively clean burnt pans without spending a lot of money or resorting to harsh methods.

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