The last thing a person desires after a fulfilling and delicious meal is to scrub the burned residues from the pots. The task turns incredibly tiring if left for too long or overnight. No matter how much dishwasher soap you pour or how many times you scrub the pan, such stains barely fade, seeming like a lost cause.
However, this does not mean one must throw the pan or the pot out, ruining their cookware sets. Instead, there are multiple ways to fight the grease without damaging the pots, using the most simple ingredients available in most kitchens.
Let us look at some kitchen tips and tricks to get rid of the most stubborn burned stains quickly and efficiently.
Use A Dryer Sheet
Many kitchen hacks include cleaning burnt fry pans with the help of a dryer sheet, and however bizarre the idea may appear, it works. The method only requires you to have one dryer sheet, hot water, and dish soap.
- Pour a couple of drops of liquid dish soap into the burnt pan.
- To the pan, add hot water (the water must not be steaming hot).
- Now, add a dryer sheet to the water and press it down completely such that it submerges under the water and onto the pan.
- Let the dryer sheet sit in the pan for about an hour.
- After the time is up, remove and discard the dryer sheet and rinse the pan under the tap water using dish soap and a scouring pad.
The method will flake and detach most of the burnt pieces from the pot. However, the efforts may vary depending on the type of pot and how burnt the stain is. One may even try using multiple dryer sheets or increase the quantity of dish soap for much effective cleaning.
Dishwashing Tablets And Washing Powder
- Fill the pan with water and add detergent tablets and washing powder to it.
- Put the pan on the stove and let the water boil.
- Boil the solution for a minimum of ten minutes, and you will notice burnt parts lifting off from the bottom of the pan.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a colorless liquid primarily known for its antiseptic properties. Its other uses include that of a bleaching agent, oxidizer, rocket fuel, etc. However, there are certain precautions a person needs to take while using hydrogen peroxide.
- Ensure the hydrogen peroxide you choose is a 3% solution readily available at several local drug stores.
- While storing, keep the hydrogen peroxide bottle in a dark place.
- Since inhaling and consuming hydrogen peroxide is harmful to health, ensure that you wear gloves and a face mask of good quality while using it. Also, keep the kids and pets, especially away from the kitchen and solution.
Multiple Ways To Integrate Hydrogen Peroxide Into Cleaning Pots And Pans Include:
Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Solution (Five Tablespoons)
- Baking Soda (Two Tablespoons)
- In a bowl, add both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and mix them well.
- Pour this liquid solution into the burnt pan and leave overnight or for seven to eight hours.
- After the time is up, scrub the pot using the scouring pad and remove the residue.
- You may repeat the procedure if needed.
For a pot burnt to the base or has stubborn stains, try making a thicker paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in equal proportions. Leave the paste for a couple of hours and repeat the scrubbing process.
Dish Soap And Hydrogen Peroxide
- Place the burnt pan on the stovetop and add about ½ inch of hydrogen peroxide.
- Now add a few tablespoons of dish soap to the solution. You can alternatively also use a dishwasher tablet for the same.
- Set the stove to a high flame and let the solution boil until it starts looking foamy.
- Once foams appear, turn off the stove and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to loosen the burned pieces.
- Finally, rinse the pan using water and dish soap.
You could add baking soda to the mixture to increase its strength and get rid of stubborn marks.
The acidity in lemons, much like vinegar, is great at lifting the burnt particles from off the pan. For the process, all you need are a few lemon slices and water.
- Slice two or three lemons as per the size of the pan and place them in it.
- Add water to the pan (a few inches) and bring them to a boil.
- Let the water boil for 10 to 15 minutes until little bits and pieces of burnt food start floating in the water.
- Discard the lemon and water from the pan once done, and using a scrubbing pad and soap, clean the pan as usual.
Aluminum Foil And Baking Soda
For anyone who does not have plenty of time to wait for the previous methods to work or simply wishes for something quick and easy, the following method is the way to go.
- Make a thick paste using two to three tablespoons of baking soda and water and spread it evenly to cover the entire burnt area of the pan.
- Now crumble up some aluminum foil and use it to scrub the areas where you applied the baking soda until the areas are spotless.
- Using warm soapy water, rinse the pan once again.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
- Add water to the pan only to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
- Add up one cup of distilled white vinegar to the water and bring it to a boil.
- Once it starts boiling, take the pan off the stove and add two tablespoons of baking soda.
- Let the baking soda dissolve until it starts to fizz, and leave it at rest for ten minutes.
- Pour away the solution and give the pan a thorough rinse under tap water using soap and a scouring pad.
Whether on stainless steel or non-stick pans, scrubbing burnt marks is as hard as avoiding them in the first place, even if you continuously stir your food using a wooden spoon or cook it on low flame.
For most people, cleaning burnt fry pans is more about strength and continuous scrubbing for days for a pan to go back to its initial look. However, with the proper techniques and a few simple ingredients, the task becomes easier and more fun.