How to clean a pan with burnt eggs

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How to clean a pan with burnt eggs
Invest in a high quality non-stick pan to prevent eggs from sticking again. (Getty Creative)

Making eggs for a complete breakfast is easy until you accidentally burn the eggs on to the pan. Scrambled eggs burn with the slightest neglect, and a fully burnt sunny side seems close to a disaster. Unfortunately, burnt eggs stick, and no matter how much you scrape away at the pan with your spatula, you cannot remove them all. Cleaning the pan to its previous sparkling state is a chore, but it is possible with the right supplies and technique.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Spatula
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Scrub pad

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  1. 1

    Pour enough water into the pan to cover the burnt eggs and add a little dish soap.

  2. 2

    Turn the burner on the stove on "High" until the water begins to boil. Turn the burner down to "Medium" heat and allow the water to simmer for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level of the pan to make sure it does not entirely evaporate. While the water is simmering, scrape the bottom of the pan with your spatula to remove the film the burnt egg left.

  3. 3

    Remove the pan from the burner and pour out the water, soap and egg residue you removed. Wash the pan with soap and water and a gentle sponge.

  4. 4

    Pour 120 ml (1/2 cup) of white vinegar into the pan and add enough hot water to cover the bottom If the egg is not entirely removed. Let the pan sit for 10 minutes. Wash out the vinegar with dish soap and water. White vinegar will also remove the smell of burnt eggs.

  5. 5

    Make a paste of baking soda and water if the pan still has oil stains left from the egg. Apply the mixture to the pan with a scrub pad. Let the paste dry. Wash the pan with warm water and use a rough sponge to scrub away any remaining film.

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