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How to remove burnt sugar from a pot

Updated February 21, 2017

If you become distracted while cooking a sugary food in a pot, you may end up burning your creation. This, in turn, can leave nasty, dark stains in your pot. Placing the pot in a dishwasher usually won't remove the burnt sugar. In fact, using a dishwasher to clean the pot can actually make the stain harder to remove. Treat sugar stains in pots as quickly as possible using a simple home remedy.

Fill the pot half full of white vinegar.

Place the pot on the stove and bring the vinegar to a boil. Once it starts boiling, allow it to continue for five minutes.

Pour out the vinegar and place the pot in a sink of hot, soapy water.

Sprinkle some baking soda onto a nylon scrubbing pad and scrub off the burnt sugar.

Rinse the pot and dry it before storing it.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Scrubbing pad
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Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.