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How to clean a burned pot in 4 easy steps

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

Make a burned pot shine like new with this super-easy cleaning method

We’ve all done it -- left a pot on the stove too long or let a sauce boil over. The result is a badly burned pot that seems impossible to clean. You don’t have to give it a single worry as long as you follow these quick steps to clean a burned pot or pan.

What you'll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Double-sided sponge

Step 1

Fill the pot or pan with a layer of water. The amount of water you use will vary based on the deepness of the pot and the area of the stain. You want the water level to be at or near the height of the stain, while still providing enough room for the addition of vinegar and baking soda.

Add about a cup of vinegar to the pot, again adjusting the amount of vinegar based on the deepness of the pot and the area of the stain. For very large burns, add more vinegar. For smaller burns or shallower pans, add less.

Step 2

Place the pot or pan on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil. It shouldn't take long before you start noticing a difference in the stain's appearance.

Step 3

Take the pot or pan off the burner and turn off the stove. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the mix. Allow the baking soda to fizz and do its work for a few minutes before emptying the mixture from the pot.

Step 4

Scrub the pot with the abrasive side of your sponge. You may need to scrub for 30 to 45 seconds, but the burned spots should come up fairly easily. If the spots are especially stubborn, sprinkle a little dry baking soda on top of them to help abrade the burn marks away. When you're satisfied that the pot is clean, rinse it thoroughly — it should look as good as new.

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