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Trying to clean baked on food off of pots, pans, and other bakeware can be very frustrating and a lot of work. This is a guide about cleaning baked on food.
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By 2 found this helpful
May 24, 2007

Those little square plastic tabs that are used to close bread bags are wonderful for scraping baked-on food from casserole dishes and pots and pans (including those non-stick teflon pans). They don't scratch! I even use one on the surface of the stove if things have spilled and have gotten hard and crusty. It's also a great way to clean a glass top stove. Use and toss. There's always more where that one came from.

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By Carole Ann Lee from Portland, Oregon

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

wow, that is a great idea. thanks

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

Great ideas! Also you can use those little plastic bread & bun closures to spread glue in crafting projects!

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By 2 found this helpful
April 9, 2012

Fill the burnt pan with soap and water and add a fabric softener sheet. Let set overnight and wash as usual. If it is a stubborn burn repeat the process.

By Mary from Nebraska and AZ

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August 1, 20050 found this helpful

I know two tips for burnt pans. The first one is to boil rhubarb in the pan - it works! The second is to boil a small amount of bio washing powder in the burnt pan - it also works!

By Deb

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August 21, 20050 found this helpful

When I have burnt pan or at least discolored, I cook an apple or sometimes even the peelings, makes it look new again , doesn't take much only a few inches of water with a few peelings

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 6, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip about washing powder, worked a treat on a jam pan I thought I'd ruined!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 19, 20060 found this helpful

I burned a farberware pot badly cooking chocolate fudge; I forgot it was a new stove and heats hotter and faster than previous burner. There is a 1/8 inch black burnt coating over bottom of pan. Tried warm water with box baking soda overnight. Tried heating slightly and trying to scrape .. nothing. Am wondering if I have to throw pot away.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 8, 2007

Take enough cream of tartar to cover the area to be cleaned and/or to remove baked on food. Add enough vinegar to make a thin paste. Cover the area to be cleaned and apply extra thick on baked on areas. Leave on 12 hours. Wipe off and wash thoroughly. Use second application if necessary.

By Charley from West Henrietta, NY

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 8, 20070 found this helpful

Cream of tartar is very expensive where I live- about $7 for a small box. I use baking soda which I can buy at the dollar store for next to nothing.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 9, 20070 found this helpful

This worked great for me with a pan that I cooked some carrots in and it boiled dry and burned (blackened the bottom inside of stainless steel pan). Thanks for the tip!

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with Mary. Cream of tartar would not be thrifty for me. Soda works just as well anyway.

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By 4 found this helpful
September 29, 2010

If you have burned on gunk in a pan, soak the pan or burner ring in dishwasher detergent. Just put some in the pan, add hot water, and let sit for a few hours or overnight. Stuff will come right off. This works better than dish soap, baking soda, dryer sheets etc.

By Linda from Vista, CA

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By 0 found this helpful
May 26, 2009

How do you remove burned food from Pyrex? It is a sugary glaze that burned on to the Pyrex.

By gmadrum from Turlock, CA

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

Hot soapy water with a splash of bleach- let it soak and then scrub with an SOS pad - that ought to take care of it.

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with Jules -- use hot water (with a bit of dishwashing detergent) and let it soak for quite a while. I use the old fashioned green Scotch Brite pads instead of SOS. I've poured boiling water on some yucky cooked-on greasy spots, and that seemed to help. Even with the soaking, it may take a bit of elbow grease!

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

If the stain is in instead of on the glass, then you may be stuck with it.

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I find that the easist way to clean baked on food is to use a dryer sheet and hot water. I let the dish soak with the softener sheet while I do the rest of the dishes. It usually comes clean without alot of effort.

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

"Barkeepers Friend", at any grocery store, near the Comet and Ajax cleansers. Works Great! Good Luck

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May 27, 20090 found this helpful

Hot water, some dish soap & baking soda. Let of soak for a little while, add a little vhite vinegar, let sit another 10 min. Put a little x-tra baking soda on your sponge when cleaning, if needed.

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

Pretty much the same as other posters. I always simply fill with super hot water and some dish soap, soak overnight and then use a Scotch Bright pad. Rarely does it ever take any sort of elbow grease to get it all off on the first try ;-)

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

Soak it with automatic dishwasher detergent and water. That stuff dissolves everything. Before I had a dishwasher I always kept a small box on hand for such purposes.

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May 30, 20090 found this helpful

My mother in-law worked in restaurant where they soaked pot and pans with baked on food using spic n span. Just sprinkle it on then add a little water to cover it and let it set.

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May 31, 20090 found this helpful

Although it isn't as 'green' as baking soda or vinegar, I use a small amount of straight bleach for a burned-on area. First I remove as much as I can and then only add enough bleach to cover the spot.

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

We have just over baked some beans in a crock bean pot and they have really cooked on. We have scrubbed until we have worn out 2 pads. Is there an easy way to clean baked on beans from a crock bean pot?
Thank you,
Bob

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

Hi Bob,

What works best for me for baked on food is to soak the crock with about 2-3 Tablespoons of dishwasher detergent, the kind you put in your automatic dishwasher. Fill it with hot water and let it sit a while. Take a pancake turner and scrape the bottom and sides where it is burned on and let soak until all of it will come off. Soaking does wonders for baked on stuff. Dishwasher soap is more caustic than hand dishwashing soap so wear rubber gloves or limit time your hands are in the water.

Next time before you use it, spray it with some Pam.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 7, 20040 found this helpful

have you tried filling the pot with hot water and tossing in a dryer sheet?

let is sit all night and (if its like my burnt pot) it will wipe off the next day.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 7, 20040 found this helpful

Put in a little dishwashing detergent and hot water. Then - plug the crock pot back in and turn on low. It will "cook" right off.

Sheryl

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Fill with hot water and put a little bleach in. Let it set a while and it should come right out. I have always had great results!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Yep, Bob, here are two good ways to remove baked on "stuff" from just about any pot or pan. First, you can fill the crock pot with water to the stain line and throw in a couple of cups of baking soda and just simmer it for a few hours. Most all of it should come out....OR my favorite remidy is to dampen the stains and crud with water and sprinkle on some automatic dishwasher soap and let stand overnight. Dampen again and it should just pretty much lift right out. Can't tell you how often I've done this. Dishwasher soap will also get tomato stains out of tupperware if soaked for a bit. Happy holidays. Margie

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Put about a tablespoon of dishwasher soap in the crock and then put it in a dishpan or the sink in the hottest water that you have. Let it soak overnight. It should just lift off overnite. Make sure that you use dishwasher soap, not just dish washing soap.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 7, 20050 found this helpful

Whem trying to remove any baked on messes I have found add a little water 1/4 cup to the dish cover and place in the fridge overnight.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 25, 20050 found this helpful

I need help! I baked a mince pie with a Pam-sprayed baking sheet on the oven rack below the pie. Now, the Pam is baked on and scrubbing with Barkeeper's Friend or Bon-Ami doesn't work. Any ideas?

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 28, 20050 found this helpful

a lot of times when i have something that is baked on and won't come off I let is soak overnight in hot water, dish soap and clorox cleanup. or just spray it with the clorox clean up and let it soak for a while...usually works well. Clorox cleanup is a staple in my kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and every room in my house!

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By 0 found this helpful
April 5, 2010

I always find it hard to clean my glass bakeware or metal baking sheets after making lasagna or cake. Is there any solution I can soak them in before scrubbing?

I use SOS pads, but I am sick of scrubbing for so long to get this mess out. I would rather soak it first in something better. I have tried hot water and soap. Any suggestions please?

By Amber Dawn from Toronto, Ontario

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By 0 found this helpful
June 27, 2011

I heated onion soup with milk and let it boil over. I immediately soaked the pan in hot soapy water. I cannot get the stain off my pot. I have hand washed it, used steel wool, run it though the dishwasher multiple times and nothing works. Help please!

By Melinda D. from OKC, OK

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January 25, 2011

How do I clean a scorched pot?

By Evelyn from Savannah, GA

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January 18, 2011

I cannot remove Pam spray residue from a cookie sheet once it is baked on. Food residue can be cleaned with no problem after soaking with soapy water.

By Dee Jay from Clearwater, FL

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

I would like information on cleaning off burnt stains on stainless steal pots and pans after the gunky stuff is off. Thank you.

By suni0118 from Madison, WI

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November 24, 20091 found this helpful

Does anyone know of an easy way to clean a burnt pan? I was boiling some potatoes and the water boiled off and my pan is stained black.

Janet from San Jose, CA

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Burnt Pans

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The other day, when I was cooking dinner, I burnt it so bad, I ended up burning the inside of the pan. It's a "Chefs All Clad" pan, so, it was fairly easy to get the food of, but the pan is still burnt. Anyone have any hints to cleaning it so it could look some what silver again?

Thanks,
Jeffrey

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Burnt Pans

The "best" and quickest way to remove burn-ons in stainless pans is to cover the burn-on with gel dishwasher detergent and let it set for a couple of hours or overnight. After that, a soft brush and hot soapy water is all you need to get the shine back. You may add a tablespoon of water to the detergent.

Powdered dishwasher detergent can be used by making a paste with water. As you know, dishwasher detergent is very strong, therefore, don't use your hand to clean the pan, even with a sponge or dishcloth. Use a dishbrush to clean all the residue off (and clean and sterilize the brush at the same time) and the pan will look almost like new.

Lee (Guest Post)

Burnt Pans

Put hot water in the pan along with some vinegar and let it sit overnight. The next day you should be able to wipe your pot clean. This also works well with cleaning your stove top burner pans. Good luck.

Trish (Guest Post)

Burnt Pans

Burnt pot or pan? Use a dryer sheet to scrub away that blackened soot off your best pans and pots

By Aisha from Norfolk, VA

Burnt Pans

The best I have ever used, and is very cheap, is BarKeepers Friend. Its a powder in a gold colored can, usually found in the cleaning supplies. Just get your pan wet all over, sprinkle quite a bit in there, and rub to make a paste, then scrub it all over. It will take sulfur and iron out of dishes, appliances, sinks and tubs, etc. also. It is great. You can get the big can for around $2 at Walmart.

Post by jenjoejace

Burnt Pans

For Stainless Steel: Easy-off oven cleaner will also take off burnt on foods, just spray and let sit awhile. If the handles are not stainless steel, then wrap them with heavy duty foil before spraying.

By burntofferings

Burnt Pans

My 85 yr. old mother-in-law told me she mixes baking soda with some regular dish soap in a paste and lets it set overnight. She swears it will take anything off.

Post by <userlink:thr619979>Angellface</userlink>

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Try soaking in hot water and dishwasher crystals. It should wipe clean in a couple of hours or so.

Pat K (02/28/2006)

By Pat K

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Mix a couple of tablespoons of Cream of Tartar in about 3 to 4 inches of water in the burned pan and boil hard for a while. Keep your eye on it, don't let it boil dry, add water if necessary and continue boiling. Dump the water and scrape firmly. Repeat if necessary until the all the black will come off. This really works. (02/28/2006)

By Vicka

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I usually can get all of a stain or burned on foods out by placing a little dishwashing liquid in the pan with two cups of water and simmering on low for about 30 minutes. If this doesn't work rub toothpaste all over the area and allow to sit overnight. In the morning just wash as usual. (03/01/2006)

By J Walker

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Tried several methods to remove black stain from bottom of stainless steel pan. The only thing that worked was a couple of applications of Orange Glo Power Paste foaming cleanser and a scouring pad. Try it. (08/08/2006)

By Lulu

Cleaning Burnt Pans

For stains on the bottoms of pans, I find that cooking something containing a lot of tomatoes (ie: tomato based soup, or simmering pasta sauce) will clean it up really nicely. It's the acidity of the tomatoes that does the work. (11/02/2006)

By Tam

Rainbow stains on stainless

C.L.R. (the cleaning liquid) removes them on contact. Sure beats scrubbing your fingers off with an SOS pad. (11/03/2006)

By Jeff

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I boiled water dry in my stainless steel pot for about 1/2 hour (was boiling water for my daughter's bottles). I have just used a fine sandpaper with a little bit of water and it has totally removed the stained burnt marks from both the inside and bottom of my stainless steel pot (was not a copper bottom ). It worked wonders. (04/06/2007)

By Mic

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Removing stains from Faberware pots try Zud it is recommended for Faberware pots. It works for me.
This pass weekend I burnt a pot, first I boiled with plain water, then vinegar and water and then I put Zud inside let it set for awhile. Try scrubbing the pan by having the Zud like a paste, not too much water. (04/30/2007)

By bb

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Wow. I tried making homemade caramel and left it too long. My whole pan was burnt from the caramel. I heated up some Coke and the burnt caramel is gone. Who knew Coke could do such an amazing thing. (08/08/2007)

By Bubbles

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I tried the hydrogen peroxide that someone mentioned, and even though it did take a little scrubbing, it did take off the black crust that I thought was permanently fused to the bottom of my pan. I was making applesauce and the water boiled away and left sugary charred apples on the bottom of my pan. The caramelized char looked glassy and I figured it was a loss.

I tried baking soda, vinegar, Comet, and had pretty much given up. I figured I'd try the H2O2 and see if it worked. It took off a lot the first time. I had to do several more soak and scrub runs, but got all of it out. If it hadn't worked, I'd have tried boiling vinegar next, then some of the other tricks. But the peroxide worked. Thanks. (10/08/2007)

By Mara

Cleaning Burnt Pans

My wife burned some potpourri in one of our nice stainless steel All-Clad pans. We tried everything and then used some Easy Off Oven Cleaner on it and it came right off. Another post asked if it was toxic, not really otherwise they wouldn't let you use it in your oven. Plus they suggest using it on barbecue grills (which works great also). Make sure you get the cold kind not the kind you need to use on a hot oven. I would make sure and wash the pan thoroughly after you clean it just to be sure.

Also, for the burnt oil marks on the bottom of your stainless steel pans use a product called BAM (also made by Easy Off, not an endorsement I swear). It takes the oil right off and the pan looks brand new.

(11/24/2007)

By Brian

Cleaning Burnt Pans

A small piece of sandpaper worked great. It scrubbed everything off. I also boiled, and let the pot sit in a solution of hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and arrowroot. The pot was completely black in spots. Now it is nice and shiny. (12/13/2007)

By Ed

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Thanks for all the tips, I am about to try some, but would like to say please be careful when you're all boiling and inhaling such nasty chemicals. Please avoid it if possible, or at the very least allow for enough ventilation in your home before doing it. All commercial chemicals should have material safety data sheets on-line, I would check with those first before using the products in some of the ways suggested. Mixing certain cleaning products can be very harmful. At the end of the day, your health is much more valuable than a clean pot. (01/15/2008)

By safety first

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Use Pepsi. Put it on the stove, bring it to the boil, and scrub with a brush. Works in minutes. (04/20/2008)

By Macca

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Just read this thread. I had badly burnt pan (from boiling milk and burning it). I had no dishwasher stuff, had no Coke, so I used some water, some normal washing-up liquid (environmentally friendly one that I always use anyway) bit of white wine vinegar and about 1/3 of a can of sparkling apple juice I had in the fridge from a flight, which I had never fancied drinking, and a bit of baking powder. In less than 3 minutes on the stove and stirring a bit, hey presto, all clean. Right now I am following the next bit of advice and "reconditioning" the pan first with water and salt, then I will do the oil thing. Good as new. Thanks all. (04/25/2008)

By Bea

Cleaning Burnt Pans

So, I tried almost everything on this list and they seemed to help a little bit. I wasn't sure if it was the boiling of Coke, detergent, lemon, etc. working or me continually scrubbing. Also I did not want to scrape my All-clad pan, too expensive to do so. But with a little muscle I used a Magic Eraser and it got all the black burnt on pieces off with out damaging the pan. I love Magic Erasers, they are great for everything.(08/11/2008)

By Heidi

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I used the combination of peroxide, a drop of dishsoap, and baking soda to a boil and it lifted half of the burnt on tomato soup. I redid the process another time and lightly used a spoon to help lift off the rest. Finally with a scour pad, the pot looks brand new, thanks to the advice I found on this site. (11/20/2008)

By Randy

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I can't believe it, it works. Ham cooked in apple juice, burnt on the roasting pan that came with my vintage oven. I put about 1" of water in the pan, dissolved 1 scoop of Oxiclean and about 2 Tbs of baking soda, then baked the pan until the water simmered for about 30 minutes. Fifty-year old roasting pan looks new and is not scratched. (11/29/2008)

By plexmate

Cleaning Burnt Pans

Easy. Soak the bottom of the pan with freshly squeezed lemon juice overnight. (12/26/2008)

By Marie K.

Cleaning Burnt Pans

I burned brown rice onto my pressure cooker so badly that I feared it might be lost forever (that's $200 worth of pan). I'd already soaked, scraped and tried various household (nasty) cleaners. Not even oven cleaner helped. After reading advice on this page I carried out the following procedure:
(approximate measures)

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Top up with boiling water from the kettle to cover all burned disaster bits and bring to boil. Simmer whilst scraping bottom of pan with a wooden spatula (ended up doing this with a scarf tied over my nose and mouth- the fumes are a bit nasty). Imagine my joy when I realized that all the black carbonated gunge of doom was floating off in chunks.

I emptied the pan and rinsed thoroughly after about 20 minutes and with a little extra rubbing with a sponge (really surprisingly little) all the gunge and all the black concreted-on-forever bits came right off.
Result, I will be recommending this noxious concoction to my friends. (01/10/2009)

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