How to Remove Burn Marks From Pots & Pans




About: Hi! I'm Miz! I'm just a girl who loves DIY! Happy to create instructables and happy to help with anything I can! \(^-^)/

Anyone who cooks regularly has burned a pan or pot before.

The real problem after burning a pot is: how to get rid of the black marks?

From experience, I know that scrubbing does not work.

This solution is non-chemical, easy to do, and requires only 'normal' household materials!

Step 1: Step 1: Materials

Super simple... The only things you need is:

  • Ketchup
  • Dish washing sponge (or cloth)

Step 2: Step 2: Apply Ketchup on Burned Area on Pan and Rub With Dish Washing Sponge

That's it.

Just squeeze out a little bit of good old ketchup, and rub the burned area gently using a dish washing sponge.

Don't use too much force when rubbing - it'll scratch the surface of the pan.

Step 3: Step 3: Rinse Off and TA-DA!

Once you can see some of the original silver shine beneath the darkened ketchup, rinse off and TA-DA!

Clean and sparkly, like nothing had ever happened!

Step 4: Recommendations

  • It'll be wise to wash the food off the pot/pan before using ketchup to remove burn stains
  • It may be a good idea to do this process a few times instead of trying to clean off all the stains at once

Ps. I've entered the Home Remedies Challenge 2016, so feel free to drop by and vote! :3

Home Remedies Challenge 2016

Runner Up in the
Home Remedies Challenge 2016



    • Comfort Food Challenge

      Comfort Food Challenge
    • Toys Contest

      Toys Contest
    • Warm and Fuzzy Contest

      Warm and Fuzzy Contest

    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Amazing! Used on my lovely volcanic Le Creuset pan bottoms, so much better! Thank you.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm glad to hear it worked for you! ^-^


    2 years ago

    I use ketchup to clean copper. It works so fast!