How To Clean a Burnt Pot

I absolutely love to cook. There’s something so satisfying about making a dish and having it turn out to be a success, something to add to your list of favorites.

However, I am not a patient or attentive cook. It means I often have to deal with the joys (sarcasm) of burnt pans.

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Here are some of the best all-natural ways how to clean a burnt pot, because we all know it’s an inevitable piece of information you’ll need.


Is there a more versatile kitchen essential than vinegar? It’s the most useful thing I keep in my pantry, by far. Using vinegar and baking soda together, you can conquer almost any tough burnt pot situation. First, start by pouring an equal parts mixture of distilled white vinegar and water into the bottom of the pot.

Next, heat the vinegar and water mixture on the stove top, bringing it to a boil. Let it boil for one minute. After it has boiled, remove it from the heat. You can then drain the vinegar mixture down your sink safely.

You will then need to add one tablespoon of baking soda to the pot. The abrasive nature of the baking soda will help lift up the burnt food stuck to the bottom, as well as bring up the stains that may have occurred during the burning. You can use a scouring pad or rough sponge to gently scrub the baking soda.

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After you have scrubbed away the burnt bits, you can rinse the pot away clean.

Another kitchen essential combination you can use to clean a burnt pot is salt and a lemon half. We recommend using a coarse salt, such as Kosher salt, which will have more abrasive power than regular table salt.

Simply pour some salt into the bottom of the pan and use a half of a lemon, with the flesh side down, to scrub the pot. This combination should help get rid of scorch marks in the pan, as well as soak up especially greasy messes. Rinse with hot water when done.


Have you ever thought of going to your laundry room hoping to find something you could use to help you clean up a mess in your kitchen? Probably not….until now! Did you know dryer sheets and fabric softener can help you clean up a burnt pan?

Fill up your burnt pan with soap and water for a soak, as usual, but add either a dryer sheet or a tablespoon of fabric softener to the pot. These laundry essentials will help lift and loosen the burn on food and help bring back the shine to the bottom of your pot.

You can also use Alka Seltzer to clean that stubborn burnt on food mess. Fill your pot with hot water. Add one to two effervescent tablets and let it do it’s fizzy thing! The fizz will help lift up that stuck on food, making it much easier for you to scrape and clean out the bottom of your pan.