How to Get Burn Stains off Pots & Pans


Odds are that you have a few pots or pans in your cupboard that are tarnished with black and brown stains because of overuse. Thankfully, there is a solution to your problem. With a few household kitchen items such as vinegar and baking soda, you will can remove those spots in no time. All it takes is a little heat from your stove and some heavy scrubbing for the appearance of a polished, almost-new pan.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Mesh dish cloth or sponge
  • Place the stained pot or pan on a stovetop burner.

  • Pour vinegar over the bottom of the pan or pot, making sure it covers the entire surface.

  • Pour an equal amount of water into the pan or pot.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

  • Place the cover on the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the mixture boil for 20 minutes.

  • Scrape the stain with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to see if it has loosened.

  • Remove the pot or pan from the burner and pour dirty liquid into the sink.

  • Cover the pan with baking soda and scrub with a mesh cloth or sponge until the entire stain is gone.

  • Rinse the pan thoroughly with fresh water.

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