How to Get Burn Stains off Pots & Pans

Odds are that you have a few pots or pans in your cupboard that are tarnished with black and brown stains because of overuse. Thankfully, there is a solution to your problem. With a few household kitchen items such as vinegar and baking soda, you will can remove those spots in no time. All it takes is a little heat from your stove and some heavy scrubbing for the appearance of a polished, almost-new pan.

Step 1

Place the stained pot or pan on a stovetop burner. 

Step 2

Pour vinegar over the bottom of the pan or pot, making sure it covers the entire surface. 

Step 3

Pour an equal amount of water into the pan or pot. 

Step 4

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. 

Step 5

Place the cover on the pan and bring the mixture to a boil.  Let the mixture boil for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Scrape the stain with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to see if it has loosened. 

Step 7

Remove the pot or pan from the burner and pour dirty liquid into the sink. 

Step 8

Cover the pan with baking soda and scrub with a mesh cloth or sponge until the entire stain is gone. 

Step 9

Rinse the pan thoroughly with fresh water. 

Things You Will Need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Mesh dish cloth or sponge

About the Author

A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.