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How To Clean A Burnt Stainless Steel Pot

Updated on July 17, 2012

Whether you are an expert chef, or if you rarely cook at all, 76% of people will at one time or another burn a pot that they're cooking with. If you're looking for ways how to clean a burnt stainless steel pot then you are in luck - there are many different proven methods that will help you get your pot clean. No matter how bad the pot is, you'll be able to successfully clean your burnt pot in just a little bit of time.

Method #1

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This method is very simple and all you need to have is one cup of Coca-Cola.  Place your burnt stainless steel pot on the burner and pour in one cup of Coca-Cola.  Bring the liquid to a boil and let it remain that way for about ten minutes.  After that time, pour the soda out and use soapy, warm water and a sponge to scrub the pot.

Method #2

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Liquid Fabric Softener

This method for how to clean a burnt stainless steel pot takes slightly longer but is just as effective. You need to place your burnt stainless steel pot on the burner and fill it up with water. Now add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of liquid fabric softener. Bring this mixture to a boil and them promptly remove the pot from the flame. Let this solution sit for around twenty-four hours and then scrub the stainless steel pot with an SOS pad.

Method #3

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Baking Soda

Place your burnt stainless steel pot on the burner and add one cup of vinegar, a generous pour of baking soda and a half-cup of water.  Bring this mixture to a boil and let it simmer on the burner for about twenty minutes.  From here you should be able to pour the solution out and scrub the burnt pot clean with your SOS pad.

Stainless Steel Pot Won't Come Clean?

If you're having trouble finding a method how to clean a burnt stainless steel pot that works for you, keep in mind that you may need to repeat these processes a few times in order to remove all of the built-up residue from your stainless steel pan or pot.  Over the years, you may find it more difficult to clean the cookware.  This can be normal due to wear and tear and improper maintenance in the past.  If you are not able, after a few tries, to clean the stainless steel pot, then you may need to consider purchasing a new piece of cookware.  Stainless steel pans should last a very long time, but with improper cleaning and care, that life expectancy can be cut way down.  Another important thing to keep an eye our for is that the bottom of the pan is flat and not dented or bumpy.  Stainless steel pots with these issues are not able to property cook food because they do not heat evenly on the burner.  If this is the case, you may also wish to consider making a purchase.


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    • liesl5858 profile image

      Linda Bryen 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you SueWithTwo for sharing your tips on how to clean burnt steel pan. I also use white malt vinegar by putting the vinegar in the burnt saucepan overnight then scrub with a scouring pad the next day.

    • SueWithTwo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from South Bend, IN

      Thank you for the nice comment and for the advice!

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      9 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good hub Sue! I have also tried adding some automatic dishwasher soap to a pot of water and boiled that for 10 minutes and it worked pretty well too. Thanks for the tips!


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