How to Remove Burnt Stains

Cookware and hobs can acquire burn stains from overcooked foods. Cooking over high heat causes food to burn and bind to cookware, which results in scorch marks on pots and pans. Spilt food gets burnt onto hobs as well, which invites insects into the kitchen. Removing burnt food stains from cookware and hobs is an important part of kitchen maintenance and cleanliness. You can remove burnt food stains from cookware and hobs using simple materials.

Fill the cookware with 1 qt. of water. Add 2 tbsp of cream of tartar to the water.

Boil the mixture for 15 minutes to loosen the burnt-on stains.

Scrape the loosened food completely off the cookware using a wooden spoon.

Pour a drop of dish soap onto a nonabrasive sponge. Saturate the soapy sponge with warm water. Wash the cookware with the soapy sponge to clean off any lingering burnt residue.

Rinse the cookware with clean, warm water. Thoroughly dry the cookware with a towel.

Wait for the hob to thoroughly cool.

Attempt to scrape the burnt food off the stove using a wooden spoon. Scrape off as much as possible.

In a cup, mix together 1/4 cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of baking soda.

Scoop the paste onto a dishcloth. Scrub the dishcloth and paste over the burnt residue to remove it.

Rinse the hob with a second dishcloth saturated with clean water. Dry the hob with a towel.


Substitute plain hot water for the boiling cream of tartar and water solution. Keep the hot water in the cookware for an hour.


Abrasive materials scratch cookware and hobs.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Dish soap
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Towels
  • Cup
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 dishcloths
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