how to remove burnt milk from a pan

What is the ideal way of cleaning a burnt milk pan? This is a thought that occasionally escapes our minds. So if you’re looking for a solution that will get your milk pans back to their original shine, you’re in the right place.

Read on and choose your approach as we explain how to remove burnt milk from a pan!

Method 1: Using Baking Soda and Vinegar


  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
baking soda and vinegar

Before cleaning any burnt pan, it’s always advisable to allow it to cool completely before you begin to remove any burnt food residue from its bottom. Once your pan has cooled, start scrubbing any large food that remains easily removable with a wooden spatula and discards them in a bin.

When done, place your burnt pot on a stove and pour a generous amount of undiluted vinegar. Bring it to a boil for around five to ten minutes. Then transfer the burnt pot to a cool surface and add three tablespoons of baking soda. The vinegar and baking soda solution will begin to fizz. This is a clear indication that the compound is dissolving the scorched remains of the milk from your pan.

Keep in mind that you can add extra tablespoons of baking soda to the vinegar if you’re dealing with stubborn stains. Moreover, it’s important to mention that baking soda is not abrasive. It won’t scratch any stainless steel or ceramic pans.

When done, discard the cleaning solution and clean your pan. However, bear in mind that you shouldn’t use baking soda and vinegar on anodised aluminium cookware. Both may damage the surface if left on for too long.

Method 2: Use a Dishwasher Tablet to Scrub the Milk Pan


  • Dishwasher tablet
  • Scouring pad

Versatility is the term that best describes dishwasher tablets when cleaning burnt milk from your pan. For this method, cover the bottom of the pan with some hot water and bring it to temperature under low heat.

Next, remove your pan from the stove and scrape the tablet across the burnt area. When done, place your pan in the sink and run cold water. Check to see if the burnt marks are gone. If not, repeat this method until your desired results are achieved.

Method 3: Deglazing Using Hot Water

Boiling water is another straightforward method that you can use to clean a burnt milk pot. Bring your pan to temperature and allow it to simmer under low heat for a few minutes.

Add a few drops of dish soap or baking soda, according to your preference. Using a wooden spoon, scrape away any burnt area while the boiling water loosens the food particles. Gently clean your milk pot with a scouring pad and soapy water. Rinse the milk pan and allow it to air dry.

Method 4: Using a Ball of Aluminium Foil


  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking soda
  • Water

Sprinkle a few tablespoons of soda on your scorched pan. Add a few drops of water and form a paste to spread evenly on the burnt areas of your pot.

Cut a generous amount of aluminium foil, crumple it into a ball, and gently scrub your pot with it. Depending on the burnt status of your pot, you should apply minimum elbow grease. Keep scrubbing until all the burnt and stained areas are clean.

When done, rinse off the pot with warm water. And clean it using dish soap and a scouring pad. Finally, rinse it off with cold water and air dry It. Note that you might be required to repeat this method until you achieve your desired results.

Method 5: Boiling Lemons

sliced lemons

Is there any chore lemons can’t tackle? Today we will be discussing the magic of lemons on a scorched pan.

For this method, you will need lemons, dish soap, a wooden spoon, and a scouring pad.

Cut two lemons into four halves. Place them in your scoured pot, add 2 to three cups of water, and then bring the mixture to a boil.

Allow the water and lemon mixture to boil for approximately 10 minutes. Then discard away the liquid. If your milk pot doesn’t have any stubborn marks rinse it off with clean water and air dry it.

However, if there are stubborn marks on your pot, use a sponge with several drops of dish detergent and apply a little elbow grease to scrub off the marks. It would be best if you only did this once the pot had cooled down completely.

Can You Use Dryer Sheets to Clean a Burnt Pot?

Yes, you can also use a dryer sheet to clean scorched milk pans. When using a dryer sheet, you will be required to fill the pan with warm water and place the sheet at the bottom until it’s fully saturated. Allow the dryer sheet to soak in the pan for about an hour. Then follow up by scrubbing the pan using it. This will help loosen the burnt bits from your pan.

Keeping Milk Pans Spotless and Looking New

That’s it on how to remove burnt milk from a pan. Before you bring the big guns out, we suggest you try one of the above methods depending on what your pan is made of.

Bear in mind that most milk pans are typically made of stainless steel, enamelled cast iron or aluminium. So when cleaning your pots and pans, avoid using scrubbers like steel wool or an ultra-strong cleaner since they can damage your cookware.

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