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How to Clean a Burnt Saucepan

Updated February 21, 2017

High heat or leaving food cooking on the stove for too long can result in a burnt saucepan. Burnt-on food, especially foods that contain sugar, can be tough to remove and leave your saucepan looking unattractive and unusable. There are a few ways to remove burnt-on food and restore the look of your saucepan. Dish detergent and a few household items are all you need to remove the burnt layer, leaving your saucepan clean and fresh.

Fill the saucepan with hot water and 1 tsp dish detergent.

Place the saucepan on the stove. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Allow it to boil for up to 15 minutes.

Pour the water out into the sink. Scrub the pan with a nylon scrubbing pad to remove the loosened food. Add more soap if necessary.

Rinse the pan thoroughly with clean water. If there's still burnt-on residue, try baking soda and vinegar.

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda into the saucepan. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and allow the mixture to bubble.

Scrub the pan with a nylon scrubbing pad to remove the residue.

Rinse the pan, and dry it with a clean towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish detergent
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Towel
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About the Author

Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.