Things You'll Need
Dish washing liquid
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.
Rinse the bottom of the pan off with warm running water. Scrub on the pan with a nonabrasive sponge to remove any loose debris.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The Kitchn; Kitchen Nightmares; Cleaning Scorched and Burnt Food off Pots and Pans; Emma Christensen; July 2008
- "Reader's Digest": 20 Plus Ways to Easily Clean Pots and Pans
- Cookware Talk: Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel Cookware
- University of Florida Extension: Cleaning Household Utensils and Metals
Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.