Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
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How to Clean Burnt Pots & Pans {Technique Tuesday}

Happy Technique Tuesday!!

I am beside myself excited about this weeks post from Sweet Caroline!! This is something that I know will help me and my drawer full of ugly, stained and rainbow-y pots and pans! This technique is so easy and it uses everyday household ingredients!!

Caroline, thank you!! From the bottom of my pots & pans drawer!!

Enjoy <3 Abigail

How to Clean Burnt Pots & Pans

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I really didn’t think this pot was ever going to be clean again. I had resigned myself to it’s mocking face – seriously, one of the burns looks like a frown. But when a friend suggested that I talk about cleaning pots for today’s Technique Tuesday, I figured old frown-face would be an excellent test case.
And…it worked. I can’t believe how sparkly and new it is! I’m happy to share this easy, fast, and cheap way to make your pots shine again.
Word to the wise: Having company over? Making dinner for a new love interest? Do not clean your pots this way right before they arrive. Unless you want your home to smell like vinegar. I don’t know, maybe that’s an aphrodisiac for clean freaks 🙂

How to Clean Burns, Stuck-on Grease, and Those Weird Rainbow Stains from Pots & Pans:


1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons of baking soda (+ more on hand for extra help later, if needed)

Total Time:

5-10 minutes


  • Pour 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar into your pot (use a little more or less depending on size of pot – you want to just cover the stains)
  • Bring pot to a boil
  • Remove from heat and carefully add baking soda (stand back because it will bubble and steam like a bad science fair volcano)
  • Let baking soda sit for three minutes and then pour mixture into the sink
  • Scrub with a scrubby sponge. If stains don’t lift off right away (most will), pour baking soda onto the spots and let sit for a few minutes. Then scrub again with a sponge
  • If you need to, follow these steps again for a second round of cleaning. My pot needed two rounds


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