An Easy Way to Clean a Burnt Saucepan

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A very burned sauce pan.Please note that I haven't tried this on a pan with a non stick coating. However, if your pan is so burnt that you'll have to throw it out, then you may decide it's worth a try.


See in the first photograph how I've unsuccessfully tried to clean this burnt saucepan by hand.

Simply take a dishwasher tablet. Any kind with do the trick

Pop the tablet in the pan with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for five to ten minutes. You will see flakes of black start to come off immediately

Take the pan off the heat and leave it overnight.

In the morning tip out the dirty water. The burnt layer will wipe off easily with no scouring necessary

Occasionally you will need to repeat the process

As you can tell, burning pans is a frequent trick of mine and I've thrown out many a saucepan in the past. This method has saved me a lot of money!

Dishwasher pods.
Putting the dishwasher pods in the bottom of the pan.
Cooking the pan with water and the dishwasher pod.
Wiping out the burned residue.
The clean pan.

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August 6, 20220 found this helpful

Thanks for the step by step pictures. The clean pan looks brand new!

I would be cautious about doing this to any pans that are not stainless steel. I have ruined an enameled Le Creseut pan using straight dishwasher detergent to remove a burned stain. I have also ruined an anodized aluminum pan in a similar way. I don't think it would be kind to a non stick pan's coating.


Sadly, I have a history of not being careful enough with my expensive pans. I have switched over to cast iron as much as possible but still use stainless steel for boiling water, cooking pasta and when cooking for friends with allergies. I would not recommend doing this technique with cast iron either, but it would probably just require reseasoning in that case.


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August 6, 20222 found this helpful

But worth a try if the pan is so burnt that it's ruined anyway


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August 8, 20220 found this helpful

Yep, certainly as a last resort. :)


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