How to Clean Scorched Cooking Pots


One of the most discouraging things about cooking is making an incredible meal, then being left with a scorched pot or pan to clean up afterward. Even nonstick pans require proper attention to clean scorched food without ruining the pan. In most cases, a scorched pot can be cleaned with a simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Nonabrasive cloth
  • Let the pot cool down. It is beneficial if the pot is still a bit warm. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the scorched pan bottom. Coat all the areas with blackened food. You can shake the pan a bit to get better coverage.

  • Squirt liquid dish soap onto the baking soda. Don't overdo it--just 1 or 2 tsp. spread out as much as possible.

  • Add enough warm water to cover the bottom of the pot. You can add an inch or so if you like, just don't dilute the baking soda and dish soap too much.

  • Let the pan sit for an hour or two.

  • Drain off most of the water. Scrub the pan gently with a soft, nonabrasive cloth. Work the mixture around gently. The action of the baking soda and detergent should make most of the scorched mess come off easily.

  • Repeat the process if necessary. When the scorched matter has been removed as much as possible, you can wash the pan as you normally would.

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