Easiest way to clean burnt pots

We’ve all been there.  We get a little bit distracted while making dinner, and before you know it, oops!  The pot is completely burnt!  And it is the most awful stuff to try to scrub off!DSCN4912

This is the result of some rice that clearly didn’t turn out!  (For future reference, trying to flavour your rice with tomato soup does NOT work…)

So that dinner we had bread instead of rice, which is so frustrating!  I scraped out the burnt rice and soaked the pot overnight.

Remember last week when I cleaned my kitchen hood?  That was a LOT of scrubbing, and I just didn’t feel like scrubbing that pot!  I was looking for a solution that was scrub free!  And this worked amazingly well!  It really is the easiest way to clean burnt pots!

I heard about a method of cleaning your old cookie sheets with peroxide and baking soda (which I’m also going to do at some point), and I thought, why not? DSCN4915

So I poured in a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide and sprinkled on a nice pile of baking soda.  Then I swirled it around to get it to mix. DSCN4923

Then I did absolutely nothing and just left it alone. DSCN4929

The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda just lifted up the burnt residue! DSCN4931

I let is sit for 6 hours and the burnt residue just dissolved off the pot!  I used my kitchen scrub brush to wipe it away. DSCN4976

Some of the really caked on burnt stuff took a teeny tiny bit of scrubbing with a sponge, but it came off really easily.  And when it was all done, the pot looked brand new! DSCN4978

So let’s see that again: Easiest way to clean a burnt pot - scrub free!

This is one of those times that made me go, wow!  Soaking the pot with stubborn burnt residue for 6 hours with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda just lifted the burnt stuff away!  Amazing!

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  • Jill

    Makes me want me want to burn something just to try it hehe

    • Excella

      Understood – Excella Gionne

  • Deby

    Sadly this is a project I need only too often – my mind seems to wander – especially with rice and my pan looks like this at least once a month. Thanks for the tip – seems like a l=good way to do it without breaking my nails or my patience

    • david

      Use a rice cooker, they turn off when rice is done. Cost about 15 bucks. Never burnt rice is 10 years

    • Margaret

      Forget about the rice cooker.
      Cook long grain (most common in the US) rice like pasta. Add extra water & drain when done. It doesn’t stick & will come out fluffy.
      Cook sticky rice by bringing the recommended amount of water to a boil. Add rice. Bring back up to a boil. Slam the lid on top. Cut the heat. Check 1/2 hour. If it needs more water, add boiling water & let sit for another 15min. Once you get the amount of water right (I found 3:1 water to rice, no matter what the package says) you get perfect rice in 40min without keeping the fire lit, without constantly checking the pot and without a rice cooker (with aluminum bowls, you don’t want to cook in them, anyway.)

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  • Angela

    I think I will try this with my oven, it needs to be cleaned and I don’t want to scrub it. :)

    • david

      put it in a spray bottle to use on your oven

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  • Denise

    I recently discovered the kitchen cleaning benefits of OxiClean! Take a pan with anything burnt or stuck to it and sprinkle in a tablespoon of OxiClean. Fill with hot water up to the level of the stuck on food and wait an hour. Take your sponge or brush and wipe away. It is also a great way ro remove labels! Soak item over night in hot tap water initially and let set until you are ready to clean the next day.

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      What a great tip Denise! I’m always looking for good ways to remove labels. OxiClean is a great suggestion for the burnt stuff too! I will definitely give it a try sometime.

  • Lois

    I discovered an even easier way, with no cleaners at all. A couple years ago I burnt the seafood chowder Christmas Eve and so I stuck it outside in the snow to deal with later pot and all. When I decided it was time to throw it away the next day ( I figured was going to throw the pot as well) but when I dumped the chowder the charcoaled bottom went with it, and the pot was saved and minimal scrubbing, a few months later did it again with the spaghetti sauce so I thought I would put it the fridge while still quite warm for the night and it worked again! so I guess the heat builds condensation that gets between the pot and burnt crust and lifts off very easy so no scrubbing at all. So next time give it a try but leave the sauce in it, it helps with the moisture.

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s so interesting Lois! My pot would probably have to be on fire for me to put it outside in the snow, so I never would have guessed that would work to get rid of the burnt stuff! I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • christie

    To think of the HOURS I have spent scraping and soaking off burnt on gunk from the bottom of my pans!. Girls, this is real. Little or no rubbing. I hit it with a scrub brush and had it off in, what, 30 seconds! I can hear the angels as the black flakes float out of the pan.l

  • Michelle

    I think if anything sits for over 6 hours will soon lift off. I will give it a shot though :)

  • dgerancon

    Love this idea and will try it. By the way, flavoring your rice with tomato soup, or just tomato sauce will work but must place stove of very very low heat and let cook, don’t mix or touch the rice. I make a seasoned rice this way (mom’s recipe) and it works, however, because I didn’t lower the flame enough this time…I burnt the pot too, just the other night!

  • Kari

    Btw, you can use tomato soup if you use the right kind of pot. Use a no stick next time.

  • http://www.green-talk.com/ Anna @GreenTalk

    If you boil it in hot water, the burnt stuff comes off too. I like your method.

  • CoffeeShopGhost

    Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot, bring to boil. Use a wooden spoon or even a silicon spatula to loosen the caked on burned parts. It takes very little effort, probably less than the scrubbing you did.

    What you’re doing is an age-old technique called “deglazing” the pan, and only takes about 6 minutes versus 6 hours.

    It’s a technique for any good gravy (assuming you haven’t burned it first).

  • Leanne Bell

    Used this on my enamel stovetop. We had used a heat diffuser under our tagine & ended up with baked gunk on the stovetop which would just not budge. This worked a breeze! Thanks so much!!

  • http://artlifecreativeliving.blogspot.com.au/ Christina Shumanov

    Girls -you are doing it all wrong! One burnt pot – one husband…a few hours later one clean pot!

  • Diana

    Could I use this method on black so call nonstick pan??

  • wise old bird

    most stains and goo will come off with a soap powder boil up session and left to go cool. bio powder seems to work better and is cheaper anyway compared to liquid and disolving wash balls now selling for machine washing. I use very little cleaning products and make a few items double up on jobs. use this for soaking tea stained cups or stained beer/wine demijohns and air corks. Even left sprinkled in your sink so it is damp overnight to clean the stains, but bleach will do the job better and whilst you are at it soak any stained whites same time like tea cloths and dish cloths, especiay if like me you have a jam making session and that stains mega time. Even tea cloths get more dingy after a while so bring them back to white. stored linen or sun dried whites will go yellow and a bleach will help.. my late mum used to say bleach will leave holes eventually so not sure if it does rot the fibres or not as I do not use it too often for whitening, a good hot boil was her way and she had beautiful whites, but we hated washday with all the steam and doors open with cold whistling in and then later us girls got to doing 4 lines worth of ironing, so guess who buys stuff that is easy care. I refuse to iron and my all male family have to iron their own crumpled shirts and jeans. They are now well trained….

  • louise

    didnt work at all 4 me laft it on 12 hrs was a cookie sheet got at sale so maybe doesn’t work if really old burns

  • Carol D

    Add baking soda to a little wate – about 2-3 inches and boil for 10 min – crap all gone with a wipe!