Removing Burnt-On Pot Stains

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This is a quick tip on how to remove burnt-on stains without much work. I use this method when conventional methods (such as Bon Ami powder) do not work. It's simple, but takes some time, depending on how bad the stain is. The steps are:
  1. Try other cleaning methods first.
  2. Add bleach and water in equal parts.
  3. Boil until stain is gone.
Pictured is the before/after results for a ceramic coated steel pot, and for a beaker.

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    tmoney438

    4 years ago

    Yeah, ventilate well and like you said it is diluted. I wonder if boiling vinegar would work?

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    tmoney438

    4 years ago

    I'm not sure boiling bleach is a good idea. http://www.ehow.com/info_10000250_dangers-heating-bleach.html

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    vreinkymovtmoney438

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That's a good point. I have accidentally made chlorine gas before (muriatic acid + bleach) and, at least in my experience, this process does not release nearly as much chlorine gas.

    Also water vapor (which is the bulk component of boiling bleach) is known to counteract chlorine, reverting it to hypochloric acid (bleach, but without the sodium), so I think the risks of chlorine gas from this procedure are small.

    I think the thing to watch out for is mixing the bleach with any incompatibilities in the stain. This could produce some chlorine.