How to Get Burnt Plastic Off of Pans

It will often come as a shock, but the smell is unmistakable, when you accidentally burn plastic to one of your cooking pans. Burning plastic happens most often when you are adding a bag of vegetables, rice or other type of food into a pan of boiling water. The bag doesn't quite make it into the pan, and your're left with a putrid smell and hard plastic stuck to the outside of your pan. Thankfully, burnt on plastic is not necessarily permanent.

Step 1

Scrape the burnt on plastic with your butter knife. Try to get under the plastic and lift up. Use a significant amount of pressure, and keep the serrated edge of the butter knife turned away from you.

Step 2

Fill a large pot with water and add your baking soda. Put the pot on your burner and heat on high.

Step 3

Bring the water and baking soda to a boil and insert your pan. Allow to boil for five minutes.

Step 4

Put on your oven mitts and remove the pan.

Step 5

Scrape the remaining plastic away with your butter knife.

Step 6

Place the pan in the freezer if there is still any burnt-on plastic left. Leave over night.

Step 7

Take the pan out of the freezer and chip away any remaining plastic with your butter knife.