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How to Clean Burnt or Baked-On Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

The best stainless steel cookware is incredibly functional and attractive in your kitchen. Heirloom-quality kitchen equipment from 360 Cookware showcases a beautifully sanded finish that is impressive aesthetically and practically—creating a perfect cooking surface.

It’s important to maintain your stainless steel cookware so that it provides the best cooking experience for a lifetime. 

On occasion, bits of food can burn on the surface of your pots and pans, or acidic materials can cause stains. If you overcook your food—no matter how amazing the pan might be—you likely will end up with a bit of a mess. Whether a novice chef who overestimated the cooking time or a busy parent who got momentarily distracted, 360 Cookware makes it easy to clean your pans using several eco-friendly solutions.

With environmentally safe cleaning methods, you have the peace of mind knowing that the materials you’re using are safer for the environment and safer for you and your family. Using materials like baking soda and vinegar also are cost-effective and won’t impact the air quality in your home.

Learn four different methods to clean your cookware, keeping it working and looking as beautifully as it did on the day you brought it into your kitchen.

Prepare your burnt stainless steel pain

Before you jump into cleaning your cookware,  be sure to prepare your space.

First, determine which cleaning method you plan to use, and gather the necessary materials. This might include water, baking soda, vinegar, a nylon sponge, and/or commercial stainless steel cleaners. You also might want to use kitchen gloves so that scrubbing your cookware is not too harsh on your hands.

Once you have your materials, make sure that the pots and pans you plan to clean have cooled down and are safe to handle.

Now you’re ready to make that cookware look shiny and new!

Method 1: Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Water

First, gather the materials you will need to make the baking soda paste:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Nylon sponge

Add the water and vinegar to your burnt pot, and bring the mixture to a boil. Then turn off the heat and add the baking soda, creating a paste. 

Apply the baking soda paste to the burnt areas of your cookware, and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.

Use your nylon sponge to scrub the loosened burnt food from the pan. If needed, repeat. Rinse and dry your cookware.

Method 2: Boiling Water 

The second method only requires the pot or pan you need to clean and water. 

First, add enough water to your plan to cover the burnt or baked-on food. Place your cookware on the stovetop, and boil the water for about 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour out the hot water, and when the cookware has cooled enough, scrape off the loosened food residue. If needed, soak the cookware and scrub, then do a final rinse and dry it.

 Method 3: Vinegar Solution 

For Method 3, you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Nylon sponge 

First, you will create a vinegar and water mixture. Add as much vinegar to the cookware as needed to cover the food and debris in the pan. Boil the vinegar, then remove the pan from the heat and add one cup of baking soda. 

Discard the mixture. Using your nylon sponge, scrub the burnt food debris with soap and water. Rinse and repeat the process if necessary.

Method 4: Commercial Stainless Steel Cleaners 

Finally, using a stainless steel cleaner can help you keep your cookware looking shiny and new.  Americraft’s stainless steel cleaner is a light-touch, industrial-strength cleaner that is not overly harsh or abrasive on stainless steel and aluminum. 

Simply apply the cleaner, add some water to make a paste and gently scrub the cookware with a cloth. Remember to use safety precautions when applying commercial cleaners. 

Our 360 Cookware reviewers say the Americraft cleaner “works flawlessly” and is a “fantastic product.” 

Tips for Preventing Future Burnt Food 

Not a big fan of scraping burnt food from your pans? There are ways to avoid burnt food and stains on your cookware.

When you start cooking, be sure to check and properly monitor your cooking times. Remember to keep the cooking temperature to a medium or medium-low, as 360 Cookware’s innovative design heats food quickly and evenly.

If you notice that your food is heating up or browning too fast, be sure to adjust your cooking temperature. 

While you are cooking, always use the appropriate cooking utensils, such as a heat-resistant spatula. Some utensils can melt and overheat, leaving stains on your cookware.

Finally, regularly maintain and season your stainless steel cookware for best results.

Maintenance and Care 

It’s easy to maintain and care for your 360 Cookware. Using our stainless steel cleaner, or any non-abrasive cleaner, you can regularly clean and polish your cookware

Similar to Method 4, simply make a paste with the cleaner and water, and add it to a warm pan. Rub the paste on the pan with a soft cloth, making a circular motion in the same direction. Then, wash and dry your cookware.

Any non-abrasive cleaner will help you maintain a clean and polished pot or pan, or choose to use an eco-friendly baking soda paste. Just add about half a teaspoon of water to a few teaspoons of baking soda and use the paste the same way you would use the non-abrasive cleaner.

Store in a clean, dry place. If you nest your cookware, be sure to place something like a hot pad or cloth between pots to avoid scratches or wear.


Your 360 Cookware is a beautiful and high-quality addition to your kitchen! Follow these maintenance, cleaning, and prevention methods to help you to keep your pots and pans looking and functioning at their best. This heirloom-quality cookware will bring generations of family and friends together to share a meal. 

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