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How To Clean Burnt-On Stains Off Enameled Cookware

(Image credit: Coco Morante)

As you can see, my pot looks brand new once again! I’m so glad I learned this little trick.

What You’ll Need


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda


  • Wooden spoon
  • Kitchen towel


  1. Start with your dirty pan: Ugh, not ideal, but totally fixable!
  2. Place the pot on the stove: Pick a large-enough burner and put the pot on the stove. Then, pour in one quart of water.
  3. Turn on the heat: Set the burner to medium heat.
  4. Wait for it to boil: Wait for those telltale bubbles and for the water to begin boiling.
  5. Add baking soda: Add two tablespoons of baking soda and stir with a wooden spoon.
  6. Let it sit: Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Scrape: Use a wooden spoon to nudge the burned bits off of the pot.
  8. Inspect the water: The stains will release completely — you’ll be able to see all the burned bits floating in the water.
  9. Rinse: Pour the baking soda and water solution down the drain, rinse the pot with hot water, then wipe it dry.


  • If you have a very large pot to clean (or the burned on bits go far up the sides of the pot), just use more of the cleaning solution. For every quart of water, use two tablespoons of soda.