How to Remove Burnt on Residue From a Stainless Steel Pan

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Cooking with and cleaning stainless steel cookware is usually easy, until you accidentally burn a sauce or let something cook for too long. Scrubbing a thick layer of burned food off the pot may seem impossible, especially if the residue is greasy or sticky. However, it's not necessary to throw away burned cookware; with a little patience and some basic household cleaning supplies, you can make your pot pristine again.

Things You'll Need

  • Detergent
  • Warm water
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Squeeze 1 tsp. of detergent in the pot and fill it with warm water. Allow the pot to soak for one hour.

Place the pot on the stove and bring the soapy water to a boil. Boil the water for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the water to cool.

Scrub the residue with a nylon scouring pad. If the residue does not scrub off, repeat steps 1 through 3; if the residue comes off continue to step 4.

Pour 2 tbsp. of baking soda on the bottom of the pot.

Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar over the baking soda. This will cause the baking soda to foam. Wait five to 10 minutes.

Add 4 to 6 cups of water and bring the mixture to a simmer. After five minutes, turn off the heat and let the water cool.

Scour the remaining residue with a nylon scouring pad.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use metal scouring pads on stainless steel, since they will scratch the metal.
  • Never use cleaners that contain bleach or ammonia on stainless steel cookware.
  • Burned Teflon pans should be thrown away, since burning may cause the coating to leak chemicals.

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