How to Clean Burned-On Food off a Pot

Getting caked-on food off your pots is possible. All you need is a little time and elbow grease.

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You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A sponge or paper towel
  • Patience
  • A fabric-softener sheet

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Sprinkle baking soda

    Sprinkle baking soda in the pot or pan, so it coats the bottom entirely.

  2. Step 2

    Moisten with water

    Add enough warm water for the baking soda to become a paste.

  3. Step 3

    Wait

    Let it sit for at least ten minutes; the longer you let it soak, the better. The sodium bicarbonate will penetrate the stuck-on food and loosen it.

  4. No baking soda? Use a wet fabric softener sheet; it contains antistatic agents that will loosen the bond between the food and the pot.

  5. Step 4

    Wipe

    Wipe the pot with a sponge or damp paper towel.

  6. Step 5

    Don’t give up

    Food still stuck? Add more baking soda and water, and this time boil the mixture in the pot for a few minutes. Let it cool, then wipe clean.

  7. When mixed with water, baking soda can also soothe a bee sting, clean teeth, and keep a drain clog-free.

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