5 Quick Tips for Cleaning Burnt Pots and Pans

We’ve all done it. We’ve all left something to boil for too long, or burned something and left it in the pan and then gone looking through pages and pages of content to try and find the best way to clean it. Look no further! Here are five ways that those burnt pots and pans can get back to looking shiny and new!

Vinegar Scrub

One way you can clean a burnt pot or pan is with a vinegar mix and a bit of scrubbing. Here’s what you need:

  • A 1-to-1 ratio of vinegar and water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Something to scrub with

Put the 1-to-1 ratio of water and vinegar in the burnt pot or pan. Bring this to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the baking soda. Pour out this mixture and use the scrubbing implement and scrub. This should get the pot or pan looking good as new!

Fabric Softener

Don’t want to waste your vinegar and baking soda? Try this method!

All you need is:

  • Soap
  • Water
  • A dryer sheet OR a tablespoon fabric softener

This may be easier than the vinegar scrub as there is no scrubbing needed! All you need to do is soak the pot or pan in soapy water and add in the dryer sheet or fabric softener and leave it alone for an hour. The dryer sheet or fabric softener releases conditioning properties that loosens burnt-on food stuffs. So easy!


Here’s one that we’ve all heard of, but it’s worth mentioning on this list: Soda.

  • Make sure the pan is hot
  • Pour enough soda to cover the bottom of the pot or pan
  • Let the carbonation do its job!

After the carbonation has loosened the burnt spots, just wash the pan or pot as you normally would. Voila!


Want to use something that’s pretty much ubiquitous in our households? Try salt!

  • Submerge the burnt area of the pot or pan
  • Add two tablespoons of salt
  • Let sit for an hour

Then just use a spatula to scrape up the burnt spots. This does require a little bit of work, but it’s well worth it!

Stubborn Spots!

Tried any or all of these methods and there’s still one stubborn spot that just won’t come off, no matter how much scrubbing you put into it? Try this:

  • Make a paste of baking soda and a little bit of water
  • Leave the paste on the spot for at least an hour
  • Clean as normal

This should get that stubborn spot right up!


There are so very many ways to clean a burnt pot or pan. These are the five easiest, fastest, and best ways to do so!

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  1. Anne January 28, 2020

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