I don't usually burn food onto pots and pans when I'm cooking, but now and again, I'll forget that I've got something on the stove and make a mess. This time, it happened with oatmeal. I got distracted by getting my kids ready for school and burned their breakfast. They ended up having toast, which they like better anyway.
This is a picture of the pot after I'd already cleaned the worst of the burned oatmeal out. I soaked it a few times, scrubbed it and seriously considered throwing it in the garbage. But, I'm a bit sentimental about it. It was a gift from my grandmother who is no longer with us. And, it happens to be one of my favorites because it's a convenient size. I really wanted to save it!
The four things I used to scrub it clean are:
- Baking soda - This is a great scouring powder. It's eco-friendly and cheap, so I didn't care how much I used. And, I used a lot.
- Salt - Salt is another great scouring agent. Back when I waitressed, we cleaned out coffee pots with salt, ice and fresh lemon juice. I rotated using salt and baking soda on the pot. I'm not sure why, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
- Magic Eraser - I love these things. They really do work to remove built-up crud that other scrubbing pads don't seem to get.
- Elbow Grease - I used to hate it when my mom would tell me to use elbow grease to clean something. But, I seriously used a lot of it to get this pot clean. I don't even know how long it took me, but I would work on it for about ten minutes, soak it overnight, work on it a bit more, soak it, etc. It spent many nights soaking in my sink.