How to Restore Burnt Stainless Steel Pots

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How to Restore Burnt Stainless Steel Pots
Restore burnt stainless steel pots with vinegar, dish soap and baking soda. (cooking image by feferoni from

Stainless steel is the most popular type of cookware because it is durable, versatile and simple to maintain, according to the online guide Only Cookware. Although stainless steel is resistant to scratches and dents, it can burn. When stainless steel burns, the conduction properties of the metal are reduced, causing the steel to take longer to heat up. While you can restore the appearance of a burnt stainless steel pot, a severely burnt pot may never conduct heat as it did originally.

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Things you need

  • Spoon
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 drops dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Mesh dishcloth
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Remove any burnt-on food from the pot with a spoon. Gently scrape off the food to avoid damaging the pot.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 cup of water into the pot with the white vinegar and dish soap. Allow the solution to set in the pot for 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Put the pot on the stove over low heat, and use the spoon to gently loosen the remaining burnt-on food. Once you loosen most of the burnt food, dump the liquid out.

  4. 4

    Inspect the pot for remaining burn stains or food. If there is still burnt-on food or black stains, pour an even coat of baking soda over the bottom of the pot.

  5. 5

    Scrub the pot with a mesh dishcloth until you remove the burnt residue. Rinse out the pot thoroughly with water, and then dry the pot with a towel.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a putty knife instead of a spoon to remove burnt-on food.
  • Instead of baking soda, you can use oven cleaner.

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