Have you noticed that your well-used pots and pans are looking a little worse for wear? If you like to cook and bake, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid that baked-on layer of brown residue that is so difficult to remove. Whether you’re searing meat at high temperatures or making a delicate sauce, burning your cookware is a common occurrence—even seasoned chefs scorch their cookware occasionally. Most people immediately turn to heavy-duty scouring pads like steel wool or rough sponges to remove that stubborn crust. While these tools might get the job done, they can also scratch your cookware and affect its performance or lifespan. Other people might just dispose of their charred pots and pans.
Thankfully, there’s a solution that can effectively remove that residue without damaging your cookware or exposing your family to toxic chemicals. All you’ll need is a couple of simple household items: Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - Oxygen PlusTM and baking soda.
Simply follow these steps:
Sprinkle your cookware with baking soda.
Put undiluted Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - Oxygen PlusTM into a spray bottle and generously spritz the baking soda.
Let it sit for 2-3 hours.
Gently scrub with the soft side of a sponge, a rag, or a paper towel to remove the residue.
Rinse your cookware off with water.
Chemically speaking, hydrogen peroxide (H202) is very similar in composition to water (H20)—the only difference is hydrogen peroxide has an extra molecule of oxygen. Unlike traditional cleaning products, hydrogen peroxide is completely non-toxic and doesn’t contain any chlorine, alcohols, acids, or other dangerous chemical additives. In fact, it biodegrades completely into just water and oxygen, making it environmentally friendly as well. You can feel safe using it around your entire family and on your cookware. Despite its gentle nature, hydrogen peroxide is extremely powerful and can easily strip off that black and bristly char without damaging your cookware. You won’t need steel wool or a rough sponge to get the job done, either. The combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda effectively loosens all that gunk. All you have to do is gently scrub your cookware using the soft side of a sponge, a rag, or a paper towel to remove stubborn grime.