How to clean a stainless steel pan that the water burned dry in

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How to clean a stainless steel pan that the water burned dry in
You probably already have the items you need to clean your stained pans. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Normally, it's easy to clean-up stainless steel cookware. That's one attribute it has that makes it so popular with cooks. But, sometimes accidents happen. You put water in a pan on the stove to make some pasta, and the water boiled dry. Now, your stainless steel pan is burnt, black and discoloured. At least you don't have a burnt food mess to clean out of the pan, but the discolouration is still unsightly. You can clean it off with a few household items you probably have on hand.

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Things you need

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Washing up liquid
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Tea towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill up the stainless steel pan with just enough hot water to cover the burnt part.

  2. 2

    Put three or four squirts of washing up liquid into the hot water to clean a stainless steel pan that has burn marks from water on the stove.

  3. 3

    Pour a 60 g of bicarbonate of soda into the solution. Then, swish the washing up liquid and the soda around the water to dissolve them.

  4. 4

    Let the pan sit undisturbed for 15 minutes. Then, pour the water out. Sprinkle additional water across the bottom. Add a dab of water to make a paste. Then, use a nylon scrubber to remove the loosened discolouration from the entire pan.

  5. 5

    Rinse the burnt pan and inspect it. If it still has black marks, sprinkle additional bicarbonate of soda on the discolourations. Add a dab of water to make a paste. Scrub the pan clean with the nylon scrubber. Wash the pan once more with hot, soapy dish water. Rinse well, and dry.

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