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Get Your Burnt Pots and Pans Clean the Easy Way!

With the holiday season right around the corner, I'm sure there will be lots of cooking, which means lots of burnt pots and least that's how it is at our house! After thinking that all hope was lost with my favorite chili pan, I decided to try a little trick that I had read about in an old home tips book. I was ready to throw it in the trash, and I am so glad I didn't ! Here is how I get my burnt
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Burnt chili pot...ugh.
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This method calls for a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and water.
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Bring water and vinegar mixture to a rolling boil, then add baking soda and let it fiz for a bit.
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Once the fizzing stops, pour all of the liquid out, then add hot water and a little dish liquid to the pot and give a little scrub to remove the rest of the loosened burnt bits.
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Rinse out your pot and you are ready to go! I cannot tell you how happy I am to have discovered this more throwing out burnt pots for me! For the exact portions, be sure to hop over to the blog! You will find a treasure trove of cleaning tips and tricks there too!

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2 questions
  • Mildred Houston
    on Jul 27, 2016

    I followed the instructions it took a little loose but my favorite pot is bad we've done everything mentionable a nothing will let us scrub the burnt on mess in my cast aluminum pot , don't know what to do ,even tried to burn it off. never had this happen before in my 61 yrs thought there was nothing I couldn't take care of, I was wrong.

    • Carey
      on Nov 11, 2016

      Another hint: When you burn something on the bottom, quickly put the bottom on the pan in some cold water, just briefly. Then carefully take the part that is not burned out of the pan and you will be surprised that there is no burned smell or taste in the rest of the food. Don't know why this works, but it does. Then set the pan aside with some water (and vinegar if you wish) and finish your meal and cleanup. You will be surprised at how good the food is and how easy the cleanup is.

  • Heather
    on Jan 4, 2019

    On my glass Pyrex dishes I’ve gotten brown on the handles and places inside . I don’t have a dishwasher but I have soaked I’ve even gone as far as using a magic eraser to try to make it go away . Any suggestions to make it look better would be appreciated .

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  • Ila Brown
    on Jan 28, 2017

    Not too long ago there was a post about putting a dryer sheet in the pan and letting it soak. I don't remember any other directions but thought I would try it the next time!

  • Julie
    on Aug 14, 2017

    In a pinch I use ketchup or tomato sauce. Let it soak for a while then test an area, if not quite enough then let it soak more. If that doesn't work for you then put the pan in the dishwasher, really looks good. All of the ideas here are great.

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