How to Clean a Burned Pot with Baking Soda

Cooking pots are often burned if they get too hot when you step out of the kitchen for a bit too long or forget to turn off the stove. The burn, which is usually characterized by a black layer on the pot’s underside, is usually a layer of carbon or any other food residue left on the pot’s base. Apart from being unsightly, these burn spots can be very resilient against dishwashing detergents. However, using a few additional items, you can easily clean your pot without scrubbing too much.

Things Required:

– Dishwashing detergent or liquid
– Baking Soda
– Water
– Distilled Vinegar
– Stove
– Wooden spoon
– Steel wool or abrasive sponge


  • 1

    Gather the ingredients

    Start with gathering all the required ingredients so that you don’t have to dance in the kitchen with messy hands. Grab one cup of distilled white vinegar, two tablespoons of baking soda and a jug of water. The only other thing you will need is a steel wool or a dishwashing scrub to help you scrape off the burnt surface after treating the pot with vinegar and soda. Ironically, you will also need the services of the main culprit, the stove. So make sure that the stove is ready to go.

  • 2

    Add water and vinegar

    Get the cleaning started by filling the burned pot with a layer of water. Add enough water to cover the burned portion completely. Add a cup of vinegar to the pot and place it on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil and soon you will start noticing a clear difference in the appearance of the stains.

  • 3

    Add baking soda

    Take the pot off the burner. And yes, don’t forget to turn the stove off. Add two to three tablespoons of baking soda to the water and vinegar mixture, while the concoction is still hot. Fizz will be formed. Let these bubbles do their work for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • 4

    Scrub the pot

    Empty the mixture from the pot and scrub it with steel wool or an abrasive sponge. Scrub until all the stains are removed. Remember the burned spots should be quite soggy at this stage. However, if the spots are still a bit stubborn, sprinkle some dry baking soda on them and scrub again. Rinse the pot thoroughly under tap water after you are satisfied that all the spots are gone.

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