How to Clean Saucepans

Updated April 17, 2017

Cleaning a dirty, caked-on saucepan can be an arduous task. What’s worse is a pan that has burnt food and residue inside. Either way, cleaning a dirty saucepan can give you a fit. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can make the process a little smoother and leave you with a pan that is clean and sparkling.

Pour 1 pint of water and 4 fluid ounces of liquid bleach into the dirty saucepan. Add 2 tbsp of baking soda to the mix.

Place the pan on the stove and turn the burner on high. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it continue to boil for about five minutes.

Pour the solution out of the pan. Wash the pan with a sponge and liquid dish soap. Once the pan is clean, rub it with a few drops of cooking oil such as olive, vegetable or peanut to replenish the surface.

Fill the dirty saucepan ½ to ¾ full with water. Place the pan on your stove, bring the water to a boil on high and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Pour the water out of the pan. Wash any debris left in the pan with the scrubbing side of a sponge.

Repeat the process as needed. If the pan is extremely dirty, it may take a few tries until all of the residue is removed.

Pour cola into the dirty pan. Place enough of the liquid in the pan so the dirty parts are covered.

Place the pan on the stove. Turn the temperature to a high setting and bring the soda to a boil.

Pour out the soda from the pan, which should be clean at this point. Wipe away any residue with a sponge. Repeat the process if stubborn material remains.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • 118ml. bleach
  • 2 tbsps. baking powder
  • Stove
  • Sponge with scrubbing side
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cola
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