Several months ago while trying to make homemade popcorn on the stove, I did some major damage to my pot. I must not have been stirring the kernels enough, since my popcorn not only got burnt, but it left a horrible burnt residue on the bottom of my pot.
I tried several methods to clean my pot – like boiling hot water, making a water/baking soda paste and nothing worked to get the burnt gunk off my pot. I pretty much thought I was going to have to live with it looking that way.
However, as a last resort, I decided to try the same thing I did to clean a baking pan, and it worked! My pot pretty much looks like new again!
What you'll need:
First, I sprinkled about a 1/4 cup of baking soda on the bottom of my pot, making sure the burnt stuff was completely covered. Then, I sprayed hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda, enough to make a paste. Then, I let the pot sit for about 4 hours. You'll probably hear it bubbling a little bit.
After 4 hours, I took a piece of aluminum foil and scrubbed away at the burnt spots. The paste turned black, and I kept scrubbing away. After I rinsed out the pot, it still didn't quite look like new, so I repeated the process once again. This time, it almost looked like new!
I don't know if it took 2 tries because it was especially bad, whether it was because it had been cooked on for months, or if I had just let it sit for another couple of hours it would have been better. But, either way…I have a clean pot!