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4 Ways to Clean a Scorched Pan

by Sarah Fahad

“Oops, I did it again!” Well, Britney might have gotten away with it. You on the other hand, still have that pile of dirty dishes to sort through. And that coal black (read: scorched) pan sitting smugly in all its charred glory? Well, that’s the cherry on top. Now, there’s absolutely no need to panic. We will have you covered in a jiffy. Before you chuck that pan out or bag it in the nearest bin, read our top tips below. There, there! No need to thank us. Slip on your gloves. Now, get rinsing!

Hack #1 Baking Soda and Liquid Dish Detergent Fix

Time required: Quick fix for those third degree burns

This method can be used for our usual aluminum cookware as well as stainless steel.  Rub a dub dub that gunk away!

  • Fill the pan with some water. The quantity should be sufficient to submerge the base/ burnt parts of the pan.
  • Add some baking soda, roughly about two tablespoons.


  • Add two to three drops of liquid dish detergent.

  • Let it sit on the stove to boil and simmer for some time (15 mins).
  • Rinse your pan. Scrub it gently and clean it with a sponge following your usual method.
  • Don’t go overboard with the scrubbing. Your pan shouldn’t look like it went to the dermatologist for a chemical peel.

Hack #2 Powdered Detergent Fix

Time required: 20 minutes for very severe burns

Don’t discount the effectiveness of this method despite the dubious main ingredient. Chef Kabita of Kabita’s Kitchen on YouTube swears by it. Use it when you are desperately stuck with a sticky scorched mess. It works well with aluminum cookware.

  • Fill the pot/ pan with sufficient water to cover the burnt areas.
  • Set the pot on the stove. Add 3 tablespoons of powdered detergent (that’s washing powder for clothes) to the water.

  • Let it reach a boil on high flame.
  • Once it reaches a boil, turn the flame low. Let the liquid simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, once again turn the flame to medium for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn the flame off and drain all the water away.
  • Use a spoon to gently scoop up all the black gunk off the base and sides of the pot.
  • Wash the pot with your usual dish washing liquid and sponge, gently applying your usual method.


Hack #3 Powdered Detergent and kitchen Towel Fix

Time required: 8 hours or leave the pan overnight
  • This is a slight variation of the above hack.
  • Line the burnt parts of the pan with one or two kitchen towels (tissues).
  • Add a scoopful of washing powder or even your usual dish washing liquid.

  • Fill the entire pan with water. It can be either hot or at room temperature. Make sure that the burnt parts remain submerged in water.
  • Leave the pan on the kitchen counter for about eight hours or overnight.
  • In the morning, throw away the kitchen towels and drain all the grimy dish water.
  • Scrape the burnt bits off with a spoon applying minimum pressure.
  • Gently scrub the remaining residue off with a scrubbing pad (do not use a wire mesh).
  • Wash the pan as per your normal routine.

Hack #4 Baking Soda and Vinegar Fix

Time required: Very quick fix for first degree burns

Use this non- abrasive approach for non- stick pans. The No Scrubbing or Rubbing Method.

Well, we lied! Of course you have to rub. Nothing good is ever achieved in life without hard work and effort.

  • Use natural vinegar to thoroughly coat and cover the base of the pan.

  • Add some baking soda.
  • Use your sponge to gently rub the surface in order to get rid of the burnt residue.
  • Let the pan sit for a while- a few minutes at best.
  • Rinse with water.

Channel your inner Martha Stewart and follow these simple instructions for sparkling cookware. Not only will you win the Olympic gold for the cleanest pots, you will also be able to hide the evidence of any cooking “mishaps” in record time.


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Faiq Arif April 15, 2020 - 5:06 pm



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