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How Can I Remove Stains from My Pots?

Scorched the stew? These easy cleaning tricks will have your pots looking brand new.

By Andra Chantim
Woman with stained pot on stovePeter Oumanski

“My pots have baked-on stains.”

Mara P., via e-mail

The fix: To remove interior spots, put an inch of water and 2 drops of dish soap in each pot and bring to a boil, says Laura Dellutri, a home expert for the TV show The Daily Buzz. Let the liquid simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, then pour it out and scrape off loosened bits with a plastic spatula. Stains on the exterior? Submerge the pot in warm, soapy water for 1 hour, then make a paste with 1 tablespoon of Bar Keepers Friend cleanser ($2 at supermarkets) and 1 teaspoon of water, says Lisa Callaghan, the director of culinary relations for All-Clad. Scrub the paste into the stains with a nonabrasive sponge for a minute, then rinse.

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