How to Clean the Toughest Burnt-On Messes from Pots and Pans

I am thrilled to offer my readers another informative and helpful guest post from our friends over at I Made This Dish! Today’s post is one of those pesky issues that I deal with. I’ve been known to just toss a pan or two in the trash and just go buy another because scrubbing the gunk off was just too difficult and time-consuming! What? You too? Nancy’s post shows you how to take care of this pesky problem without throwing away your pots and pans so read on fellow ditchers – read on!

I LOVE cooking, but I HATE cleaning after dinner. It just takes too much time. Don’t you agree?

Rinsing dishes is fine, I can deal with it. However, scrubbing tough burnt-on messes from pots and pans is too labor intensive and time-consuming. Unfortunately, dishwashers don’t do the best job at it either, that’s one of many cases, where manual labor is still required!

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Over the years we have tested a method how to quickly remove tomato stains, grease, toughest burnt-on messes from pots & pans. Did we mention, it’s the easiest way too? (Trust us, we are also not big fans of cleaning, that’s why we need to find a powerful solution that works!)

Things you need: Dirty pots & pans, dish soap, baking soda, metal scrubber

Step One:
Generously dust some baking soda directly on your pan/pot, Place the pot/pans inside the empty sink and close the sink stopper. (we are about to give it a bubble bath)

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Step Two:
Fill up your sink with hot water (careful not to burn. Not piping hot, just hot enough to work with), add a few drops of dish soap under running water to create bubbles.

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Scoop some bubbles with your hand and cover it over the pots/pans to completely submerge in bubbles.

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Leave it sit for at least 15-20 minutes or longer. Go ahead to enjoy your dinner now.

The trick is not to let the dishes sit around on your stove after cooking. Start submerging them in water right after cooking.

Step Three:
As you finish dinner, it would be enough time for the stain and tough grease to loosen up from you pots and pans. Now remove the pots from water, dust with more baking soda if needed, add a few more drops of dish soap, and scrub with a metal scrubber.

Scrub that burnt-on grease to loosen and let the baking soda do it's magic and viola! Practically new looking pots and pans!

The burnt-on messes should come off easily. If it doesn’t, leave it sit in water a bit longer or even overnight. Then repeat Step Three.Dish soap, baking soda, and metal scrub – a perfect trio to fight the toughest burnt-on messes. You probably have all those ingredients at home now.

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    • Hey Gary! Thanks for your comment! The best part about this tip is that water, dish soap and baking soda do 80% of the work while you eat dinner. 😀 How fun is that? I just baked a batch of crispy tofu for dinner tonight, now my baking tray is all greased up and burn messes everywhere. Going to apply this cleaning method now. Ttyl!

    • Hey Lux! 🙂 Yeah I am in love with baking soda (sh… don’t tell this to my husband). I usually stock up at least 5 packs of these stuff. I roast chicken ones a week, so have to use this cleaning method AT LEAST once a week. Usually twice a week. Give it a try!