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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: No baking soda? Use a wet fabric softener sheet; it contains antistatic agents that will loosen the bond between the food and the pot.
  • 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.
  • FACT: When mixed with water, baking soda can also soothe a bee sting, clean teeth, and keep a drain clog-free.

You Will Need

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

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