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How to Clean a Burnt Pot So It Looks New Again!

Have you ever ruined a pot and just wanted to throw it out? Don’t! Use these tipson how to clean a burnt pot. They worked for me!

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The other day I put rice on and then went outside to quiz my daughter on her times tables for 20 minutes. I came back in expecting perfect fluffy rice but found a big old burnt mess. I forgot to turn the rice down to a simmer before heading out! I scraped out as much rice as I could and scrubbed but barely made a dent. My husband suggested putting the burnt pot in the dishwasher over and over until it came out clean, but I knew that would never work!

I scrubbed the burnt pot over and over again with the scrubby side of the sponge and that didn’t work. I soaked the pot in hot soapy water and scrubbed again, but the scorched marks remained. So I hit up the internet and looked for suggestions. Here are the two things I tried that actually worked! 

Baking Soda and Tin Foilclean a burnt pot

A mild abrasive like baking soda seemed like a good place to start. The burnt pot needed a little more than just a sponge. So I made a paste out of warm water and baking soda and started scrubbing with a piece of aluminum foil. Do not try this method on non-stick pans; it will scrape off the non-stick coating. This worked quickly and I got most of the scored rice off the bottom of the pan. But, there were a few bits that just wouldn’t budge. So I tried another method. 

Dryer Sheet

how to clean a burnt pot

Another website suggested laying a dryer sheet in the bottom of the burnt pan, covering with water, and heating. So, that’s just what I did. Once the water heated up, I used a wooden spoon to scrub the dryer sheet into the remaining bits of burnt rice. It worked! The dryer sheet was able to release the last little bits. I cleaned the pot thoroughly to remove any residue from the dryer sheet and voila, the pot looks good as new. 

burnt pot now clean

This burnt pan really worried me! I thought maybe I’d never get it clean and I really didn’t want to buy a new one. I was so happy to find these unique tricks online and find they actually worked! 

Now, I just wonder how many times my husband would have put that pot in the dishwasher before he finally gave up and tried something different!

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Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at

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