All it takes it is getting distracted for just a few moments before you turn to your stovetop to find that you’ve burnt your favorite pot or pan. But that doesn’t mean your cookware has to be destined for the trash can.
Here are proven methods for cleaning and restoring your burnt pots and pans.
1) Vinegar and Baking Soda
Fill your pan with a layer of water and pour in one cup of vinegar. Heat your stove and place the pan on the stove so that your water-vinegar solution starts to boil. Once it starts to boil you can remove it from the heat and sprinkle two tablespoons of baking soda in it. Pour out the vinegar and scrub your pan as you normally would. If you still have stubborn burn marks you can make a paste from baking soda and water and leave this paste on the area for at least a half hour before you try to scrub again.
Fill your pot or pan with cola and let it sit for a few hours to loosen up the burnt on food. Scrape away as much gunk as you can with a plastic scrubber and clean as you would normally.
3) Hydrogen Peroxide
Pour in a layer about a 1/2 inch tall of hydrogen peroxide and place it on heat until it starts to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes then go to town on it with a scrubbing brush. The hydrogen peroxide seeps into the carbon and lifts it off the pan.
This method may be stinky so you may want to make sure you have proper ventilation. You can also use some extra baking soda if you need some extra scrubbing power.
4) Dish Powder
Cover your pot or pan in some dishwashing powder. Once your cookware is completely coated pour in some hot water. Let this sit until the water cools, then scrub clean.
5) Cream of Tartar
Mix two tablespoons of cream of tartar with one cup of water and bring this to a boil in your pot or pan. Let it cool off before you scrub your pan down with soap and water.
6) Fabric Softener
Boil some water in your pot or pan. Then pop in a fabric softener sheet or a tablespoon of liquid fabric softener. Let it soak for a few hours or overnight. Make sure you scrub properly with soap and water before using again.
Cover the burnt up mess with a generous layer of ketchup and let it sit overnight. You should be able to rinse everything away in the morning. The acid in the tomatoes will eat away at the burnt on food.
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