How to Clean a Scorched Pan

Pans are bound to be neglected at times. Leaving something in for too long leaves food burned and your pan scorched. While there are popular store-bought cleaners, try these other easy solutions if you ever find yourself short on money or time.

Vinegar & Baking Soda

Vinegar is a great multi-purpose cleaner that can save your pans. Pour a small layer of equal parts water and white vinegar on the bottom of the pan. Next, heat the solution on the stovetop until it comes to a boil. Once it boils for a minute, remove and drain it down the sink. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the empty pan. Finally use a scouring pad to massage the baking soda and combat any burn marks. Rinse clean.


Coarse Kosher salt is another solution to scorch marks on pans. Pair it with a dish detergent and hot water. Massage it into the pan with the juicy core of a cut lemon.

Cream of Tartar

Try using cream of tartar as an abrasive substitute for baking soda. Mix a tablespoon of it in a cup of water and bring it to a boil on a scorched pan. Let the water cool and then scrub the pan to combat any marks.

Dryer Sheet

Take soap, water and add a dryer sheet into a mix on the burnt pan. Allow it to sit for an hour. The sheet will loosen the burnt food and leave you with a shiny pan.

Alka Seltzer

Add 1-2 tablets to hot water in your pan and allow it to sit. The solution will take action against any stubborn burns.

Sources: HGTV

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