Take your time to say goodbye to your burnt frying pan. Arm yourself with the knowledge and tips in this article to remove the blackest burn. And while some effort on your part is essential, most pans can be preserved as long as their non-stick coating is intact.
Method 1 of 2: Cleaning with home remedies
Step 1. Boil the soapy water and then let it cool
Fill the pot halfway with water, or more to cover the burnt surface. Add a few drops of dish soap. Place a saucepan on a fire and bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and wait for the pot and water to cool enough to touch safely.
- Dishwashing detergent can be replaced with a small spoon (or a crumbled tablet) of detergent. This can discolor the aluminum.
- To clean a cast iron skillet, try a different method first, as the soap will remove most of the grease film.
Step 2. Start scraping the pan
Add hot, soapy water when the old one has cooled. Rub with whatever will not damage the pan material:
- Enamel, Anodized Aluminum, or Teflon: Use a sponge, nylon brush, or melamine sponge (a sponge with a protective plastic mesh).
- Pans made of stainless steel, copper, or non-anodized (shiny) aluminum: start with the softer options above, then use an iron or copper loofah. Do not press too hard and scrub under water to keep scratches to a minimum.
Step 3. Repeat with baking soda
If there is still burn on the pan, cover it with a layer of baking soda. Add enough water to the skillet to cover the baking soda, bring it to a boil, and simmer for another 15-30 minutes. Wait for the water to cool and then clean the stain.
When the baking soda reacts with the aluminum, it will eat away at it. Due to its abrasive properties, baking soda is also not recommended for cleaning Teflon and other non-stick surfaces
Step 4. Try vinegar
Boil white distilled vinegar in a saucepan. Wait for it to cool and clean the stain. Although vinegar, unlike soap, does not dissolve grease, its acidity can eat away stains that may have been left over from previous methods.
Step 5. Prepare a paste of tartar and vinegar
The pasta will likely scratch the surface of the pan, but at this point you won't have many options. Buy some tartar from the baking section of the grocery store. Sprinkle it into the skillet and add a few drops of vinegar to make a thick paste. Leave it on for ten minutes. Try scrubbing the stain, or add more vinegar and bring it to a boil again.
Many people use baking soda and vinegar to cleanse, but despite the intense fizz, this mixture quickly turns into neutral water. Tartar has the same abrasive properties as baking soda, but retains in the vinegar, allowing for acid cleaning
Step 6. Wipe the stain with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Prepare a thick paste, apply with a rag or sponge and wait ten minutes. Talk about this method has been around the Internet for a long time, but the cleaning results are not always successful. It looks like the best results come from cleaning burnt sugar, but this information is based on only a few reviews.
Method 2 of 2: Store Cleanup
Step 1. Use a kitchen cleaner
Apply it on the stain, leave it on for a few minutes, and then scrape it off. Read the instructions on the container before using the product. The most popular remedies include:
- Comet can be used on stainless steel, anodized aluminum, copper, ceramics and glass.
- Bon Ami Cleansing Powder works with most pans, including enamel pans. While slightly abrasive, it can damage non-stick surfaces.
Step 2. Try a metal polish
Some food experts use this method to remove food stains. Be sure to get a suitable metal polish. Check the label on the product to make sure it is safe for surfaces that will come into contact with food.
Once the stain is removed, wash off the polish with hot, soapy water
Step 3. Clean stainless steel or copper with household ammonia
Wear rubber gloves and move outdoors or to a well-ventilated area to avoid overexposure to ammonia fumes. Apply some ammonia and try to remove the stain. If this method doesn't work, leave the pan in the trash bag for 24 hours to allow the ammonia fumes to eat away at the stain.