Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar
Not too long ago I decided to make some tapioca pudding because it is one of my favorite desserts. There is a trick to tapioca though. You have to stir it and stir it. W was in the kitchen with me and at the end I didn’t give the pudding enough attention.
I ended up with a burnt pot (one of my favorite ones) and I was sure it was destined for a post at Mommy Mishaps! But I have been exploring cleaning with baking soda and vinegar these days. I decided to use the rest of the paste I made for the floor on the pot to see what might happen!
How to Clean a Burnt Pot
This was my poor little pot. I had stirred and stirred but then at the last minute the pudding started to burn. This is what my pot looked like at the end. I was pretty sure it was going to be time to say goodbye. I should mention that this was one of the pots from an expensive set I bought when J and I got married. I planned on them lasting for years.
I soaked the pot in dishwashing soap and hot water. I scrubbed and scrubbed. I even scraped at it even though I knew it was probably damaging the finish. I was desperate!
Letting Baking Soda Work its Magic
I had some baking soda and vinegar past left from testing it on my dirty kitchen grout so I dumped it in the pot. Then I walked away. I couldn’t look. I was just hoping for a cleaning miracle. I couldn’t even stand around and look.
I was hoping for something along the lines of a watched pot never boils. A burnt pot won’t be cleaned if I watch, right?
I waited ten minutes. I forced myself to wait that long. I wanted to give it plenty of time to work.
Then I scrubbed it just a bit. Not much at all actually because as I scrubbed, I noticed something amazing.
My pot was saved!
Cleaning with Baking Soda Saved My Burnt Pot
It worked! It really worked!
I am now a slave to cleaning with baking soda and vinegar! It gave my tile grout new life and it saved my burnt pot! What more could a mom ask for?
Sharon Greenthal says
This is one of those tricks I always meant to try but haven’t yet- a must do very soon.
I’ve done this too, but with water instead of vinegar! Saved my pots and teapot too! :D
Are you kidding? I just threw away my favorite pan because of the burned gunk..so gald I saw this, will remember for next time!
ahhh! I love vinegar and baking soda! I think I need to bust it out on a few of my icky but not burnt pans! Thanks!
Thanks for the great tips, if I don’t clean my pots and pans right away they are so hard to clean later on, I’ll have to give this a try!
Rie Rasmussen says
Hello! I would LOVE to know HOW to make the paste of vinegar and baking soda PLEASE!! My favorite pan is in jeopardy as well! – Rie
I’m so glad it worked out for you, maybe you could share the secret recipe of baking soda and vinegar paste, I’m sure lots of people would be grateful and you’d be saving us some money!
Thank you I hope you read this!