How to Clean a Stainless Steel Pot That the Water Burned Dry In

Normally, it's easy to clean-up stainless steel cookware. That's one attribute it has that makes it so popular with cooks. But, sometimes accidents happen. You put water in a pot on the stove to make some pasta, and the water boiled dry. Now, your stainless steel pot is burned, black and discolored. At least you don't have a burned food mess to clean out of the pot, but the discoloration is still unsightly. You can clean it off with a few household items you probably have on hand.

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Step 1

Fill up the stainless steel pot with just enough hot water to cover the burned part.

Step 2

Put three or four squirts of dishwashing detergent into the hot water to clean a stainless steel pot that has burn marks from water on the stove.

Step 3

Pour a half-cup of baking soda into the solution. Then, swish the detergent and the soda around the water to dissolve them.

Step 4

Let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes. Then, pour the water out. Sprinkle additional water across the bottom. Add a dab of water to make a paste. Then, use a nylon scrubber to remove the loosened discoloration from the entire pot.

Step 5

Rinse the burned pot and inspect it. If it still has black marks, sprinkle additional baking soda on the discolorations. Add a dab of water to make a paste. Scrub the pot clean with the nylon scrubber. Wash the pot once more with hot, soapy dish water. Rinse well, and dry.