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.

You will need

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

Step 1 Sprinkle baking soda Sprinkle baking soda in the pot or pan, so it coats the bottom entirely.

Step 2 Moisten with water Add enough warm water for the baking soda to become a paste.

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.

Step 4 Wipe Wipe the pot with a sponge or damp paper towel.

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.