How To Clean Burned Milk from a Pot

How To Clean Burned Milk from a Pot

Today I'll show you how to remove burnt milk from a pan or pot!  

The Story:

If you've read my new "About Page", then you know that I eat cereal for breakfast pretty much every day of my life. I do, however, also enjoy oatmeal occasionally, and pancakes or crepes on special occasions. I went through a recent phase of eating quinoa for breakfast. I would make it with milk and add cinnamon, and it would be like super healthy oatmeal! (I know oatmeal is pretty healthy- but when I make it, it's usually from a nice little packet that you add water to and toss in the microwave for 60 seconds... and it comes pre-loaded with sugar).

Anyway, so I went through this Quinoa phase. The problem with cooking milk on the stove, for me, is that I am not good at staying still. I am not good at staying still and watching a pot to make sure the milk won't boil over. I have this need to keep my mind and hands busy, so I will inevitably find myself busy with something else and just as I'm peeking in on the milk, it will be overflowing. One day I left it too long and I ended up with a very black pot. And I was left to try to figure out how on earth to clean this hardened on, burnt milk from my nice new pot.

I found it. After a lot of searching, I found it. So today, I'm here to share it with you:

The Tip:

Get Burnt Milk off without scrubing! at

Because maybe one day you'll burn some milk too. ;)

Here's What You Need:

- Burnt Pot (check)
- Baking Soda
- Wooden Spoon
- Water

Here's what you do:

1. Observe burnt milk in pot in photo #1 (complete with little bits of quinoa)
2. Sprinkle bottom of pot with baking soda (I covered the black bottom so it looked white)
3. Add water (enough to cover the burnt area). Stir it up. (see photo #2)
4. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 min.
5. Empty pot (see photo #3- that's without any scrubbing- I just dumped the water out)
6. Give it a gentle scrape with a wooden spoon & most of the burnt stuff will come right off!
7. Use a sponge or cloth to clean the rest of the burnt stuff out as you would normally wash a pot, and you shouldn't have much trouble getting it back to sparkling clean! (photo #4)

Get Burnt Milk Off your Pot - Cleaning Tip by

HUGE BONUS: No scrubbing or hand/finger/wrist pain involved!!!! :)

This would be a good tip to pin for later. You know you'll need it one day! ;)

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  1. I have the same problem when I make homemade pudding, but I use vinegar and baking soda. It does the job pretty good too.

  2. I have the same problem when I make homemade pudding, but I use vinegar and baking soda. It does the job pretty good too.

  3. I'm glad you posted this, b/c I tried this once with baking soda, but didn't cook the baking soda, and it worked pretty well, with a lot of scrubbing.

  4. I get a strange satisfaction when there is just the right amount of baking powder and water and it makes a crust that lifts off with the burnt stuff... I know... I need a life ��

  5. i’m a college student so my budget is basically zero. i’d gotten a nice heavy duty pot from goodwill for four dollars and of course i burned milk in it. i let it sit with soapy water over night but nothing. i let it boil with soapy water and was nearly consumed by bubbles. this was a great tip!!!! as the water and baking soda was boiling i was like there’s no way it’s this easy but it is. thank you !!!!

  6. This worked beautifully! Thank you!!!!

  7. I must be the champion of milk-burners. While this did get 80% of the burn the first time I had to do it 3 times. But I’m still extremely grateful for your post. Also, I had a glass pot. Maybe that is the difference.

    1. haha Not the kind of champion to strive to be. ;) I'm glad this worked well for you! Interesting that it took 3 times- I wonder if you're on to something with it being a glass pot!

  8. Thanks! This worked perfectly; you saved my marriage. My wife has restored my slow cooker privileges.

  9. Glad I found this cuz my mom would have killed me

  10. It would be great to know why this works

  11. Will doing this bring up the smell of the burnt milk all over again? Now that smell makes my stomach turn.

  12. Worked great on the burnt milk at the bottom of my hotpot! Lifted up on its own after using your technique. Thank you!

  13. Thank you so so much for this, I saved a beloved milk pan today thanks to these instructions! It actually looks even better than it did before i burnt milk all over it!

  14. Thank you! I’ve seldom burned a pot so badly as I did yesterday. Enough soda and 12 minutes on the stove, and the pot is like new.

    1. So nice to hear that! I'm glad to know that it helped you! :)

  15. I was prepared for hours of soaking and scrubbing and chemicals and more soaking…. Totally unnecessary! That was SO EASY!


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~Heather Lynne

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