How to Remove a Burn From the Outside of Your Pan

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Things You'll Need

  • Nonabrasive sponge

  • Dish washing liquid

  • Baking soda

  • Washcloth

  • White vinegar

  • Towel

  • Lemon

  • Soft washcloth

Keep your pan looking new by removing ugly burns with simple household items.
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Burns on cookware happen often, but they will not ruin your pots and pans if you treat them properly. When food and grease burn onto pans, they leave behind unpleasant discolored stains. The stains will continue to burn on the pans when you use them and can cause an unpleasant odor in your kitchen. If you allow the stains to sit on the pans, they may become more difficult to remove later. Remove the burns with items around your kitchen to return the pans back to their original condition.


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Step 1

Rinse the bottom of the pan off with warm running water. Scrub on the pan with a nonabrasive sponge to remove any loose debris.

Step 2

Combine 3 tsp. of dish washing liquid with 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Scrub on the outside of the pan with a washcloth or nonabrasive sponge.


Step 3

Soak the pan in the sink with 2 cups of white vinegar, if the stain remains. Allow the pan to soak for 30 minutes to one hour. Rinse the pan with hot water.

Step 4

Create a baking soda paste by mixing 1 to 2 tbsp. of baking soda with an equal amount of water if you have a stubborn burn stain. Apply the paste over the burn and allow the baking soda to sit overnight. Scrub on the pan with a nonabrasive sponge or washcloth and rinse the pan with warm water.


Step 5

Dry the pan with a towel to remove all excess water. Brighten the pan by rubbing a cut lemon on the outside and inside of the cookware. Buff the pan with a clean and soft washcloth.


Soak the pan in hot water in the sink overnight to loosen burned food and grease if you have difficulty removing it.


Never use abrasive cleaners on pans because they will scratch the surface.