Even the best housekeeper can burn a pan or pot. Sometimes a moment of inattention is enough for a cooking dish to give us a lot of work. As it turns out, the dish can still be saved by simple domestic methods, and cleaning it doesn’t have to be a chore. Try our advice and bring your burnt kitchen accessories back to life.
Before you start cleaning burnt dishes, remember to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
A powerful trio of salt, dishwashing liquid and the right dishwasher
The most popular way to clean most of your burnt pots and pans is to use kitchen salt. It’s very simple. Pour salted water into the dish and leave for twelve hours. After this time we have to boil the water in the pot and bring it to the boil and keep it for about 10 minutes. Then add a little dishwashing liquid to make it easier to get rid of the fat and scrub with a suitable sponge. – When removing burnt food, be careful not to damage the protective layer of the pot or pan. In a dish with a scratched bottom, the food will burn quickly. Therefore, do not use sharp objects, knives or wires. If the dirt is extremely difficult to remove, you can first use a wooden or plastic spatula and then use a suitable dishwasher. It is worth choosing one that does not scratch the surface.
After thorough cleaning, the dishes should be rinsed thoroughly and left to dry. Salt will work well as a cleaner for Teflon pans and steel accessories.
For heavier soiling – baking soda and vinegar
If the dishes are burnt harder and we want to restore them to working order, let’s try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. These eco-friendly cleaners are always handy. First cover the burnt surface with baking soda and then pour vinegar over it. Then boil the water in a kettle and pour it into a dish, covering the burns. The combination of high water temperature with soda and vinegar should produce a generous foam. Leave it in the dish for a few minutes and then pour it out. Finally, use a sharp sponge, but one that does not damage the protective layer of the pot , and remove the burnt food residue. Then just wash the pot or pan with water and dishwashing liquid. Remember that vinegar can be successfully used to clean aluminium and stainless steel utensils, but should not be used for enamelled pots.
What should be avoided when cleaning burnt dishes?
Before rescuing a burnt pot, pay attention to what it is made of. This is very important because not all dishes are cleaned in the same way, because some materials can be irreparably damaged. For example, it would seem that oven cleaner will be our ally in the fight against burns. Nothing could be further from the truth; the abrasive substances it contains can destroy kitchen accessories made of enamel, stainless steel and Teflon-coated. Also avoid aggressive toilet cleaners, bleach and ammonia-containing agents – they are definitely not suitable for cleaning pots and pans. Use dishwasher tablets wisely, too, although they are effective, they can only be used to clean enamelled pots. – If you want to use the dishes, try to clean them gently. Definitely avoid metal dishwashers, which can scratch the pot and damage the Teflon. It is best to reach for a dishwasher that does not scratch delicate Teflon surfaces.

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