When preparing foods on the stove, there is always the possibility that foods will stick to the bottom of a pot or pan, leaving you with a difficult cleanup routine. When you place sugar in a pot and cook it without stirring consistently, you are quickly left with burnt-on sugar residue that is difficult to remove. You want to use a cleanup routine that does not scratch or otherwise damage your stainless steel pot.
Pour equal portions of water and white vinegar into the pot. Fill the pot with about 5 inches of liquid so the burnt sugar area is thoroughly submerged.
Put the pot on your stove and bring the liquid to a boil. Once the liquid has started to boil, let it continue boiling on high for another 5 minutes.
Turn off the stove burner and add about 1 qt. cold water to the pot, so you can touch the liquid and pot without burning yourself.
Scrub the bottom of the pot with a nylon scrubbing pad.
Rinse out the pot and wash it with soapy dish water to get rid of any vinegar residue. Dry the pot with a dish towel.