How to deep clean pots and pans bottom?

Mission accomplished. Deep cleaning pots and pans bottom. That's a nasty cleaning job we all like postponing. Try this method when you finally decide to deep clean the burnt bottom of your pots and pans.
cleaning burnt pots and pans bottom with a method that really works

Cleaning your pans burnt bottom is one of your kitchen nightmares you keep postponing? Yeah, thought so.

I feel you. I do the same. When it comes to cleaning my pots and pans burnt bottoms, I always find something else to do. But… someone has to do it. At some point…

I made my own method of deep cleaning my pots and pans, as none of the ones I found online worked for me. That’s because the pans I own have those deep ditches on the back. I get that they’re made for the pan not to slip during cooking. But those ditches also make cleaning burnt marks on the bottom so much more difficult. 

Watch the video below to see my way of cleaning burnt bottom of the pans, or… keep reading if you’re a reader.

WATCH THIS VIDEO on How to Clean the Burnt Bottom of Pots and Pans

So you're going to show me a method to clean my pans bottom that really works, yeah? Right. Here is how it works:

Yeah. I am. So, here’s what you need to have at hand: one oven metal tray, one dishwashing detergent tablet (the ones for the diswasher), and an new(er) abrasive sponge. They’re all household items. If you don’t have a dishwasher detergent tablet, use manual dish wash liquid instead. In the end, you can use any cleaning product that says degreaser on it. 


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This is what I started out with. My 5 months old pan that's never been deep cleaned on the bottom

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So how does this cleaning method work?

My thinking was that the burnt marks need to be melt before scurbbing. That makes the scrubbing a less consuming job. I learned that from trying to find a way to clean my burnt glass stove. Stick with me. 

Here’s what you need to do to melt the burn from the bottom of your pan:

You need to turn on all heat circles of your hob on high heat. Place a large metal oven tray on the stovetop. Fill it half with boiling water. If you don’t have a kettle just let the water boil. By the way, this is the easiest and quickest method I found for getting rid of the limescale in the kettle.

When the liquid is boiling, add 1 dishwasher detergent pill or dish washing liquid or any degreser you have around.

homemade cleaning solution for burned bottom of pots and pans
The cleaning solution consists of boiling water and one diswasher detergent tablet.

Wait till the detergent is completely dissolved and place the dirty bottom of the pan inside the tray. Turn the heat to medium and let it simmer. Let the hot water do its magic. The layers of burn are getting melted now… Zzzzzz…. 

homemade solution for cleaning pots and pans back
Place the pot or pan bottom down in this homemade cleaning solution and let it simmer

Wait 15-20 minutes or even longer if you have the time. Then place the pan, bottom up in the sink. Soak your abrasive sponge in the hot water mixture, and scrub away the piled layers of burn from the bottom of the pan. Soak the sponge from time to time.   

burnt bottom of pan clean and the homemade solution to make it like new

In some cases, that’s all you need to do. But if the model on the back of the pan is more complicated, you might need to repeat the process. 

Mine took 2 times, but you might need to repeat 3 times. 

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This is how the bottom of my pan looks like after cleaning with this method

The bottom is clean now. I’m happy about that. The only thing I’m not so happy about is that the sides of the pan lost some of the shine. So, if you care about that, you might want to try another method. For me, it was important to have it clean, not shiny…

I also had an issue with the kitchen cloths that were smelly even after I washed them in the hottest water setting in the washing machine. This is how I got rid of the kitchen cloths smell

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I'm quite happy with the bottom. The sides lost a bit of shine though. Who cares? They look and feel clean!

What did I learn from this deep kitchen cleaning method?

Note to self 1. Never buy pans with model on the back. They stink when it comes to cleaning the burnt back. 

Note to self 2. Don’t expect pans to stay shiny for a lifetime 🙂 

What do you think? Do you have other ideas for cleaning pots and pans bottom?

I’m pretty sure you have some ideas that you’ve alreay tried. Let me know in a comment what’s your solution for cleaning the back of the pots and pans. Cheers!

Ps. If you liked that here’s another one for you on How to Deep Clean your glass hob, when nothing else works
Or this one, on How to clean your kettle in no time with vinegar power

Or even this one if you’re sick and tired of how the kitchen cloth smell even after you wash them in the washing machine. Here’s how to get that stink out of your kitchen towels.

cleaning pots and pans bottom method that works

Check out this playlist on Youtube with a few of my kitchen cleaning tips, tricks & hacks. They are all tested and they all work like in the video.

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