how do I get burned food out of the bottom of a pan? Have soaked with soap and hot water and still not clean.?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Soak it LONGER, use a lot of soap. It HAS to come out!

    Use steel wool or a putty knife afterward.

  • NA
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    This might sound odd but...

    put a bit of baking soda in the bottom of the pan, and then add the hot water (Just enough to cover the bottom of the pan)...

    The baking soda is gritty, and will work at scrubbing away the food (as soap does not really have that scrubbing power)....Baking soda is also great for getting grease out ..so if the pan is greasy as well, this will work.

    If you let it soak overnight, it should be fine.

  • 1 decade ago

    I have never done this but, when we do not have self cleaning ovens, we use Easy Off. Try spraying some one the for about 2 hours and see what happens. I works on burnt food in ovens. I have also heard of dishwasher detergent. Put it in the bottom of the pan and let it set.

  • 1 decade ago

    Cover the burned part with bicarbonate soda then pour some white vinegar over it & then gently rub with a steel pad. Between the carb soda & the last cleaning my mother used to put it out in the sun for a while, but I'm not sure whether that helped.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Try covering the pan with some salt while its damp and leave for a few minutes and then scrub as hard as you can with a brlllo pad or something and it should come off. It may take a couple of goes to get rid of it satisfactorily.

  • 1 decade ago

    This sounds nuts, but it's the best solution I've found. Put a few drops of AMONIA in the pan, put the pan in a large black plastic trash bag, seal it and let it set outside in direct sunlight for a few hours. The burnt-on mess will wipe away with no effort. This also works for burnt-on gas or charcoal grill grates.

  • 1 decade ago

    It sounds strange but it works. While you are soaking the pan put some fabric softner sheets in the water and let it soak. My aunt showed me this trick.

  • marie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Boil the soapy water and scrape the bottom with a plastic spatula. Then scrub with a scouring sponge (the kind that is not too harsh) and baking soda.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I pour dishwasher liquid in and let set for a while. Not dish soap but the stuff for automatic dishwashers. It seems to eat away anything. I even clean my grill with it the same way.

  • 1 decade ago

    Put a tablespoon of Javex and let soak for an hour. It should then come off without even scrubbing at it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This trick always works for me. Put a tablespoon or two of salt in the pan with water. Bring it to a boil and continue boiling for about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep your eye on it so it doesn't run dry. This will loosen the the burned part and you can then easily scrub it off when it cools. I've done this many times.

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