The popcorn sizzled and then burned in the bottom of your stainless-steel pot. Not only was the popcorn a bust, but your pot now has burnt popcorn stubbornly stuck to its bottom. Before you give up, put some effort into restoring your stainless steel pot. Because stainless steel is durable, with soaking and scrubbing you should be able to remove the scorched areas and make your stainless-steel pot clean again.
Use the wooden spoon to chip off any scorched-on pieces of popcorn stuck to the bottom of the pot. Pour out the pieces of popcorn after you loosen them.
Pour 1 part white vinegar and 1 part cool water into the stainless steel pot to fill the pot with approximately 2 inches of liquid. Place the pot onto the stove top and turn the burner on to high. Heat the liquid until it boils and then allow it to boil for three minutes. Remove the pot from the burner and pour out the liquid.
Scrub at the popcorn stains with the nylon scrubber to remove as much scorched residue as possible.
Moisten the bottom of the pot with water. Cover the bottom of the pot with a ¼-inch layer of baking soda and allow the moistened baking soda to sit on the bottom of the pot for at least 2 hours.
Scrub the baking soda into the bottom of the pot with the nylon scrubber after the time elapses. Continue scrubbing until you remove all of the scorch marks. Rinse the baking soda away with plain water.
Wash the stainless steel pot in water and dishwashing detergent, using the dishcloth to remove any residual staining. Rinse the pot with plain water and dry it with the dishtowel to finish.