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Old 02-11-2013, 08:29 AM   #11
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Okay, so I boiled white vinegar and baking soda and scrubbed a lot using some flat head metal tools (my brush was ineffective). The comet detergent I tried earlier didn't work.
I got a lot of gunk off, but still a lot remains. I guess this will take a few days...

My pot has also gotten quite scratched up. Are these harmful to health or cooking? Should I avoid adding more scratches?
It shouldn't be harmful as long as scratches aren't too deep. Just don't do anything to scratch it more. You should never put Comet into your pan. the powdered version of BarKeepers Friend is your best friend and will not damage your pot. You should use plastic scrubbies...not metal. It's going to take some elbow grease but if it's a good pan, it'll be worth it. If it's a really cheap pan, it might not be worth it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:35 AM   #12
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Baking soda has never worked for me either.

Take it outside and spray it with foam oven cleaner. Let it sit out overnight.

Rinse and then go after it with Barkeepers Friend -- not Comet -- and elbow grease with a plastic not metal scrubbing pad.

You may have to do this a few times but it worked like a charm (eventually got 100 off and shiny like new) for me
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #13
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I have taken a well dampened dryer sheet to loosen the crud on the bottom of the pan. Worked like a charm for me.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:22 PM   #14
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Thanks. I'll buy some barkeepers friend next time I go the store.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #15
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Omg, bar keepers friend is my friend!
Some gloves, a scotch scratch sponge, and 20 minutes later... my pot was shining clean!

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #16
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Absoluty great! A definite thums up.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:18 PM   #17
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Congrats for the success.

My burned pot's cleaning process starts with:
Step 1: boiling soapy water and scrub with green scotchbright.
Not working?, step 2: add some vinegar or mild acid, soak and softly scrub. (baking soda doesn't work for this case, but does great when you need 'looking new' pot.)
Still not working?, step 3: Barkeeper's Friend. Yeah, it's truly my best (cookware's) friend.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:52 PM   #18
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Okay, so I've messed up my stainless steel pot this time. :-)
I had been using it for steaming/boiling vegetables just fine. However, a month back I let it boil dry, leading to a lot of burns in the pot. Luckily, I was able to clean off these stains with a Scotch heavy duty scrub sponge, but still I could see some rainbow-colored stains on the bottom of the pan (soap?), which I could not clean off.

Anyhow, I heated up the pot on my stove and dropped in a tablespoon of corn oil. Suddenly, a huge FIRE started inside my pot. I was going to throw in water, but remembered I heard this was bad so I instead covered it with the lid and the flame went out. This was a week ago and the pot is still unwashed and dry.

How should I go about cleaning it? Can I use it for only steaming/boiling in future?

Thank you and I am still learning!! Be kind to the newbie ;)

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Two hints:

#1. The pan looks a bit far gone but you could try filling with a solution of warm water and biological laundry detergent for example Ariel, and soaking over night. It might take 2 or 3 or more goes.

#2. Never add cold oil to a hot pan. Always put it in while the pot is cold and heat gently.

EDIT: Note to self - finish reading the thread before replying. (sigh!)
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