How to Clean a Burnt Pan with Salt Easily – The Ultimate Guide

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Is there anyone who has not burnt a pan in their cooking life? The answer is most probably, ‘NO’. Getting a pan burnt is one of the most common mishaps that may take place in the kitchen. It may happen when you are a little inattentive to cooking due to doing or thinking about something else. However, as we do not cry over spilled milk, we should not think much about what’s happened. What we all need is a solution. 

If you want to fix your burnt pan, you need to have some knowledge about how to clean a burnt pan. This article is going to give you exact information about how to clean a burnt pan with salt. Along with this, we shall also discuss some alternatives to salt that you can use to clean a burnt pan. Let’s get started. 


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How to clean a severely burnt pan with salt in less than 25 minutes

Yes, you have heard it right. We do not have that much patience to work for hours to clean the burnt pan. We do not have that much time, and we think you don’t have either. Let’s dive into this formula in detail now. 

What you need:

  • A burnt pan
  • Plain salt 
  • Scrub sponge 
  • Clean water 

Things to do:

  • Soak your pan up: The first thing you should do after getting your pan burnt is cooling. When your pan has completely been cooled, you should take some warm water in it. Now, you need to add 2 to 3 tablespoons of regular plain salt to the water. Stir the salt to get it completely mixed with the warm water. After you have got an evenly water-salt mixture, leave your burnt pan with the mixture uninterrupted for 5 minutes. 
  • Boil the mixture: After five minutes, place the pan to the stovetop. Now, boil the mixture for about 15 minutes. 
  • Salt Scrub: After 15 minutes, you will see the hot water bubbling. Now, you will see that most of the burn residue has got cleared from the pan. However, if it doesn’t go off, you need one more thing to do. This time you need a salt scrub. Pour out the hot water leaving just about half an inch in the pan. Add a couple of tablespoons again to the salty water. Grab a scrub sponge and wipe away all the residue still clinging to the pan. 

#Caution: Do not use bare hands to handle a pan and the hot water. Use dish gloves instead. Or you should wait until the pan gets cooled.  

  • Rinse and let dry: After getting all the burn residue wiped off, you should wash the pan thoroughly with water and hot soap. And, the last work that you need to do now is to dry it. Congratulations! You have cleaned your burnt pan with salt successfully. 

How to clean the burn marks from the pan with salt

Burn marks in the pan is another headache. A burnt pan leaves its mark. It is not always easy to completely clean that from your pan. However, we have come up with three techniques that you can follow to clean burn marks from the pan with the help of salt. 

Solution 1: Sprinkle an adequate amount of salt at the burn mark area. Take a wet sponge and rub it through the affected area. Now wash it with lukewarm water. 

Solution 2: If you have got a burn mark on pan sides, you can use this formula. Take a large potato. Cut the potato in half. Now, pour some salt on the side you cut the potato. Rub that part of the potato into the burn marks. And that’s it. 

Solution 3: Take some salt on the burn mark of your pan. Take a juicy lemon and cut that in half. Rub the lemon on the burn mark. Voila, it’s done. 

Cleaning a burnt pan: Alternatives to salt

If you do not want to use salt to clean your pan, that’s not a problem. Because you have other options open for you. Here are some of the ways you can clean a burnt pan without any difficulty: 

Cleaning a burnt pan with vinegar and baking soda: 

Vinegar and baking soda have great cleaning power. You can use those to clean your burnt pan too. At first, take some water so that just the bottom of the pan is covered. Then, pour one cup of vinegar. Boil it for some moment and then remove from the heat. Now, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and leave the mixture for a few minutes. And finally, when the time is up, clean your pan with a scourer. 

Cleaning a burnt pan with cola: 

If you have got some spare pan of coke or if you have got expired coke, you can use that to clean your burnt pan. At first, fill one inch of your pan with the coke. Then, leave it for a few hours without doing anything to it. And at last, use a cleaner to clean the whole thing off. 

Cleaning a burnt pan with cream of tartar: 

If you do not want to use baking soda to clean your burnt pan, you can choose the cream of tartar as an abrasive substitute. At first, take a tablespoon of cream of tartar. Then, mix it up in a cup of water. And then boil it in your burnt pan. Now, let the water cool down. And finally, scrub the pan to get it clean. 

Cleaning a burnt pan with dryer sheets: 

Do you think that dryer sheets can only add a pleasing scent along with softness to your laundry? No, it can do more than that. When it comes to clean a burnt pan, it can work as a better alternative to salt. Start with taking a few drops of washing-up liquid to the burnt pan. Now, cover that with some hot water. And then place a dryer sheet over the water and press it down in a way so that is gets submerged completely. Leave to get that soaked for about an hour. And at last, wash the pan thoroughly after scrubbing away. 


By now, you know not only how to clean a burnt pan with salt but also how to clean that with other ingredients too. We hope that this article will help you to make your burnt pan usable again.


Can I clean cast iron with baking soda and vinegar?

Yes. When cleaning cast iron, slowly add baking soda to the surface of the pan while dry cooking so it doesn’t bubble up or make a mess. Then, rinse with vinegar to remove any residual soap and leave the pot over a medium flame for two minutes before wiping clean. When finished cooking in your cast iron pan, always dry thoroughly on high heat and coat with an oil of your choice (I like vegetable oil).

Does vinegar damage stainless steel?

Vinegar will not directly damage stainless steel, but if the vinegar has other acidic ingredients in it like citrus, acid, or tomato sauce, then the acid can damage the surface of a stainless steel pan.
Different acids have different levels of corrosivity. Acids created mostly from tomatoes (or other foods) are unlikely to harm your pan because most cooking sauces contain large amounts of sugars and salt which help buffer against too much acid corrosion while pre-heating and after cooking.

Will Coke clean a burnt pan?

Coke will not clean a burnt pan; it’s just something that some people have heard or seen and believe to be true. Coke does have cleaning ability, but it’s not powerful enough for a purpose like this.

Why has my jam burnt?

It sounds like there are two possible reasons for why the jam burnt. The first and most likely one is you didn’t stir it enough while it was cooking (not all of the sugar melted, or still doesn’t) and this caused a buildup on the bottom of your pot. Secondly, could be that did you accidentally add too much water? Too much water can easily boil over and cause a mess around your stovetop.

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