How to Clean a Burned Pot

It happens to just about everyone at some point in time. Put something on the stove, walk away and forget about it. You end up with was a sticky mess, and underneath that a burned-on black disaster. You might consider just throwing the pot away. But with a common household ingredient and some elbow grease, you can get your pot looking like new.

You can clean burned food in a pot with some vinegar.

Step 1

Remove any of the food that's left in the pot. Gently try to scrape as much of the black residue off the pot as you can.

Step 2

Add enough distilled white vinegar to cover the entire bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Place the pot on the stove and boil the vinegar for five minutes. Let it cool.

Step 4

Scrub the burned-on food with a scrubbing pad.

Step 5

Wash the pot as you normally would and rinse thoroughly.