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
- Warm water
- Nylon scouring pad
- Baking soda
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.