08/14/2012 08:18 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Remove Burnt Stains From Stainless Cookware

This is a dirty fatty pan.
This is a dirty fatty pan.

If there's one particular pan or pot you use often to cook your favorite meals, chances are it's going to show wear and tear from the stovetop heat as well as food stains that are unattractive and usually hard to remove. But we've got a great tip on how to remove burnt stains from stainless cookware that is simple and effective!

First, pour enough vinegar into the pan to cover the bottom and add equal parts water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Then, carefully place the pan onto the stovetop and turn the burner on. Allow the solution to boil for 20 minutes. Next, remove the cookware from the heat and run it under water to remove the burnt layer. Then, using baking soda, scrub the bottom of the pan. Finally, rinse under water.

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