Will rust on the bottom of my stock pot ruin my new glass-top stove?

by Mary
I use an old, blue speckled stock pot to boil my favorite potpourri recipe during the holidays. The bottom has rust spots. Will it ruin my new glass top range when heated? If yes, how can I remove the rust? Thanks!

  8 answers
  • Liz Toone Liz Toone on Nov 02, 2017

    I wouldn't take a chance. Remove the rust spots before you use it. Place your pot in a solution of Iron Out (( available in the cleaning supply asle at your supermarket) and hot water. Leave it there for several hours and then wash well with your dish soap and hot water. Rinse well and you are ready to go.

  • You can remove the rust from your pan. Get some rust remover or even use vinegar. Scrub lightly with the vinegar. Then season the bottom of the pan with a decent oil. To do this, coat the bottom with the oil and place on the burner. You will need to rub the oil dry and it will smoke a bit. Once that is done, the rust on the pan should be less. Barring that, a good cleaner such as vim usually takes care of any stains on glass tops.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Nov 02, 2017

    These are both excellent solutions. If you can't fix the pan however, you may want to consider a counter top burner. Keep it just for your recipes (which we would love if you shared btw) and will have the best of both worlds.

    That said, remember that at a crucial moment, one rust spot might break through and flood your kitchen. It might be time to retire that old gal for a planter, or do what I did and make it into something else. Hope that helps.


  • Mary Mary on Nov 02, 2017

    so appreciate the info!

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Nov 02, 2017

    hahaha..now that everyone gave you a solution..can you share your favorite potpourri recipe ??:)

    • Mary Mary on Nov 02, 2017

      Sure! I throw the following in a pot and simmer: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, couple whole nutmeg (I've also used ground), orange peel, tsp or so of allspice, tsp or so of whole cloves. Love it!

  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 02, 2017

    The effect on the stove top will be minimal and taken care of with a good glass (stove top) cleaner and conditioner. The REAL issue is that... if there is RUST on the pot, then the enamel coating on the pot has already been compromised (it probably got banged against something and the enamel chipped off)....and it will continue to rust until there is a hole in the pot. Unfortunately... there is nothing available to repair the pot that will stand up to the heat used for cooking or that would be safe for cooking. I am afraid that it is time to find a new potpourri pot.

  • Mary Mary on Nov 02, 2017

    yikes! I'm convinced! I'll repurpose the pot somehow!

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Nov 02, 2017

    thanks so much..... I LOVE to smell up the whole house with great smells...thanks !!