I cut my lemons into eights, but you can cut them into quarters or slices, as long as you end up with enough pieces to cover the bottom of the pan.
Step 2: Add Water
I added enough water to cover the whole burnt bottom of the pan. It’s no use trying to cover the lemons – they float! As long as the burnt area is covered, the lemons will do their job.
Step 3: Bring to a Boil
I brought the water to a rolling boil. You can even see the burnt specks coming off the bottom of the pot as the lemons swam around.
Step 4: Let Water Cool & Dump It Out
After I dumped out the lemons and dirty water, I was left with a thin brown layer on the bottom of the pot. All I had to do was scrub it lightly with a brush, and all the leftover grime fell away.
Step 5: Rinse out Your Pot
A few rinses later, and my crud-caked pot was good as new! Now, wasn’t that easier than scrubbing with steel wool til your fingers are raw?
It’s hard to believe, but that really is the same pot! This is one magic trick I will definitely be doing again.