How to Remove Burned Milk From a Saucepan

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A nice mug of warm milk is a relaxing way to wind down in the evening, but the relaxation factor quickly vanishes if you accidentally burn the milk and your saucepan. Scorched milk is one of the most difficult burn stains to remove, and on top of that, it leaves behind a most unpleasant aroma. Difficult, yes, but not impossible. With a few common household items and a little patience, your saucepan can look (and smell) as good as new.

Things You'll Need

  • Table salt
  • Wooden spoon
  • Colander
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft dishcloth
  • Cover the bottom of the saucepan with a generous layer of table salt.

  • Pour 1 to 2 cups (depending of the size of the saucepan) of tepid water over the salt. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes.

  • Scrape the burned-milk debris with a wooden spoon. Pour the water and debris through a colander, so that you can discard the debris in the garbage. If burned spots remain, proceed to Step 4.

  • Pour 1 to 2 cups of cold water into the saucepan. Add 10 drops of liquid dish soap.

  • Place the saucepan on the stove over low heat. Allow the soap and water to simmer for 30 to 60 minutes, scraping frequently with a wooden spoon.

  • Discard the water and debris. Use a soft dishcloth to clean the saucepan with soap and warm water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the burned milk is proving to be extra stubborn, allow the saucepan to soak in soap and and warm water overnight (not on the stove top).

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