Well, it is safe to say that we have all done it at least once in our lives – we have totally forgotten about the dinner cooking on the stove and the smell of burnt on food reminded us that only the pizza delivery guy will save the day. So the dinner is saved and hungriness is not a problem until the next day, but what about the burnt on food left on the pots and pans? Now this is the real struggle!

In fact, it is a real challenge to get rid of the layer of burnt on crud that seems impossible to remove! Worry not, before you rush to the store and purchase some new cookware, better try these 7 simple and efficient ways for getting rid of the burnt on food from your pots and pans!

Here is more than one way to clean up the mess:

Baking soda

Baking soda is a real wonder, when it comes to cleaning a number of things and if you do not have it, or have tried it until now, what are you waiting for? Baking soda works as an abrasive that is strong enough to get rid of stubborn stains yet mild enough not to leave your pots and pans all scratched. Sprinkle a cup or two of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, add some water to cover it and leave it like this for about 30 minutes. You will enjoy seeing how the burned mess is surely falling right off and leaving your pan sparkling clean.


Vinegar is equally wonderful to baking soda when it comes to cleaning. And when it comes to cleaning the burnt on food from your cookware, you need a bit of vinegar to cover the bottom of your pot and a kitchen scrub brush to scrub away all the mess.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Add a ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide to the pot and heat until it starts bubbling up. Leave it like this for around 10 minutes and brush away with a scrub brush.

Fabric softener

Heat up to boiling in the damaged pot and add a tablespoon of fabric softener. Then soak for overnight and on the next morning you will enjoy a pot that looks like brand new!

Cream of Tartar

This may sound like it won’t work, but it does, really! Mix two tablespoons of Cream of Tartar and a cup of water and bring to boil, then remove from heat and allow to cool down before washing it with hot and soapy water.


Put a thick layer of ketchup on the burnt on food and let it sit like this overnight. The acidity of ketchup will help a lot for loosening the mess and you will be able to scrub away the burnt on easily.

Coca Cola

Fill the pan with Coca-Cola and allow to sit like this for a few hours, then use a scraper to remove the residue and clean with a plastic scrubber the rest.

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