Heating Vinegar For Odors

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I burned a low carb tortilla in a non-stick frying pan. The whole house absolutely stank. I used air neutralizer sprays, wiped down the countertop next to the burner, opened windows, ran the heat to blow air, ran the electric air filter cleaners, grumbled... Two days later I could still smell it.


It was suggested I heat some vinegar for 30 seconds in the microwave and put it in each room. Never did get to each room because the situation seems to be solved. I put the bowl in the kitchen next to the exact same location where the pan burned the tortilla. It seemed to reduce the smell that lingered in the air some hours later and even reduced the smell that could have (but didn't) come from the onions and green peppers I was sauteeing for dinner. I am planning on leaving a dish of vinegar out on a full time basis. I had originally left the vinegar out without heating and it didn't seem to make a difference.

My next problem is getting the carbon deposit off the non-stick frying pan. In desperation, I used a gentle oven cleaner and scraped the surface. It helped, but there is still a coating in the pan. Would you like to make any suggestions? As of right now, this pan is headed for the trash, so anything I do can only be an improvement. By the way, Brillo didn't remove the burnt coating.

By Holly from Richardson, TX

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February 8, 20070 found this helpful

Did you try heating a solution of baking soda and water in the pan? I toss in about 3 to 4 cups of water to 1/2 cup soda--sometimes more soda. Heat to simmer, turn off heat and let stand--overnight is good. If that doesn't work, try cleaning sources on the Internet, asking for how to clean burnt residue on non-stick surfaces. Good luck.

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By AuntyC (Guest Post)
February 8, 20070 found this helpful

Put straight bleach in your cooking pan. Don't heat it up! leave overnight. Takes out all the burned food and mess.

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By redmamag (Guest Post)
February 8, 20070 found this helpful

try soaking the pan 24 hours in water with liquid fabric softener added

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
February 12, 20070 found this helpful

I'd place my pan directly under the rangetop hood, turn on the exhaust and spray a single quick shot of Easy Off, leaving it on until it wipes off with the burn.


Unless your vent does not vent outside, it is the quickest and safest way to use Easy Off Oven Cleaner. I use it so little, that one can lasts most of the year for me! : )

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July 28, 20090 found this helpful

I have had success using a widget to scrape the burnt particles off. Beats all the scrubbing. Same as taking the registration sticker off the windshield.

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