Cooking is a survival skill, and while it may be exciting for some, it’s just bland for others. Regardless of the recipe or the dish you’re making, you’re bound to end up with a burnt on pan sometime in the future. Not only do burnt on pans make cooking a pain, they are also tough to clean. So in the spirit of good housekeeping, we’re outlining some of the most effective ways of restoring a burnt pan to its pristine original shape.

Use carbon off

This is a carbon breaking agent that usually comes in a spray can. This substance works by dissolving the carbon buildup around the pans or pots. All you need to do is spray it on the affected area, let it settle for about 15 minutes or overnight, depending on the carbon buildup and using a hose or your sink to rinse. All the deposits dissolve, and a new pan is revealed. This substance works for both sides of the pan!

Vinegar + Baking soda

Vinegar has been used for centuries as a cleaning agent, and like your elementary science class taught you, combining it with baking soda produces fizzing results. Here’s how to do it:

  • Add water to the pan with equal parts of vinegar.
  • Place the pan on a stove and let it boil.
  • Remove the stove and drain the vinegar from the hot mixture.
  • Add baking soda to the drained pan. You can use a hard sponge to scrub the baking soda on the affected areas.
  • Rinse.
  • Your pan will look good as new.

Cream of tartar

This substance is usually used instead of baking soda since it’s equally as abrasive. All you need to do is mix equal portions of cream of tartar and water in the pan, bring the mixture to boil and scrub it once the mixture cools. The heat helps soften the burnt-on parts, and the scrubbing tool loosens it further.

Hopefully, you can rest easy and get back to cooking, knowing you have an effective solution to all your burnt on pot and pan problems.