Burnt pots?

Two-minute Mum from Wellington has a problem. Things tend to get left on the stove for two minutes too long. The latest incident involved boiling milk and a stainless steel saucepan. The consequence is a pot with very stubborn burn marks. If you have suggestions for Two-minute Mum on ways to remove the stains she would be very pleased to hear from you.


  • Oily Rag Ed' says:

    Gaynor writes, “Re pots encrusted with burnt or hard caked food: I used to soak them over night in water until I discovered that covering the base of the pan with neat detergent, soon makes them easy to clean.”

  • Oily Rag Ed' says:

    Ampersand from the UK has two solutions for Two-minute Mum. The first is to “boil a few rhubarb leaves and let the stew cool before finding a good shiny result. It’s probably the oxalic acid released from the leaves that does the work. Repeat if necessary, but that is rarely required”.

    The second suggestion is to “boil soap powder and water in the pot and let this cool. It’s not entirely money-free, but still cheap and effective.”

  • Oily Rag Ed' says:

    Kathleen from Tauranga has this solution to the two-minute problem. “Years ago I brought a egg timer, when I need to keep an eye on things in the oven etc I set it and the ring reminds me that it needs attention. I would not be without it – it’s the best kitchen item ever!”

  • Oily Rag Ed' says:

    To clean a burnt pot, take one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, place in pot and add boiling water to the top of the pot. Leave for an hour. See how easily the pot can be cleaned. – Roberta Leathern, Cape Town.

  • Laura Vis says:

    Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and apply to burnt area. Let sit overnight, then fill with water and boil on stovetop. Burnt mess comes away from the bottom of pot no trouble.

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