Is it burned or burnt? Either way, the bottom of my Le Creuset pot was scorched and I was really upset about it. It happened because I was boiling a pot of water and walked away to take care of something for the kids, then promptly forgot I had something on the stove. Twenty minutes later I shot up and screamed the second I remembered. My bad, but that’s a really expensive mistake! This brand is very pricey and it had been a really thoughtful gift from my mom. I thought the pot was ruined.
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This morning I was minding my own business, clicking random things on Pinterest and I came across an article titled 5 Things You Should Always Buy at Thrift Stores. It casually mentioned restoring a burned Le Creuset with OxiClean and I was like WHAT?! You can’t just drop that knowledge and walk away. I need step-by-step instructions for how to achieve this magic.
Turns out, I did not because it was actually ridiculously easy. You probably don’t either, but just in case you are lacking a bit of confidence as I was, I’m here to walk you through how to do it. I imagine you could use any kind of oxygen bleach, so don’t be afraid to try with the stuff from the dollar store. I used brand name OxiClean because that’s what I had.
How to Restore a Burned Pot With OxiClean
It literally only takes a few minutes. I could not be more happy with the way my pot turned out.
It started completely scorched on the bottom. I tried scrubbing and scraping it with all my regular dishwashing methods. Nothing worked.
So I decided at this point it couldn’t hurt to take the advice of some random lady on the internet. (I assume that’s also why you’re here, right?)
We had OxiClean sitting on a shelf in our laundry room, anyway. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was blown away by the results!
Step 1: Add a bit of water to your pot. The OxiClean is going to create suds, so don’t fill it more than about 1/3 of the way.
Step 2: Add a scoop of OxiClean.
Step 3: Boil the pot on the stove for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the suds start to rise too much, pour out some of the sudsy water and continue.
Step 4: Dump out the water and wipe the pot clean with a dishcloth.
The pot should be at least 90% better at this point, but if a few stubborn spots are still hanging on, repeat the process one more time. I did it twice for this pot.
And it looks brand new! Check out the after! I am SOOOOO happy this tricked worked so well!
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