5 Ways | Clean Burnt Grease From the Bottom of Frying Pans

cleaning burnt grease from the bottom of frying pans

Stubborn stains caused by burnt grease on the bottom of your pans and pots is one of the kitchen challenges that most cooks face at one point or the other; but the good news is that it can easily be cleaned off by easily available household items such as salt, baking powder, ketchup, lemon, and a few others.

By the time you are done reading, you would have discovered 5 easy ways to wash away those stubborn stains from the bottom of your pans and some other tips that will be useful in maintaining the cleanliness of your cookware.

Cleaning Burnt Grease from Non-Stick Frying Pans

It is important to note that non-stick pans should be used with no or very little oil to prevent the stress that comes with the scrubbing of greasy stains.

However, if there is burnt oil and grease collected at the bottom of your pan, you will need to follow the following methods.

METHOD 1: Using Salt

Salt is a common cooking ingredient that is used all over the world and is easily available in our homes. The role of the salt solution here is to help dissolve the stains so that washing with detergent and soap will be much easier.


Warm water


1- To make a salt solution, all you need to do is to dissolve a substantial amount of salt in a greater quantity of warm water.

2- Now soak the stained areas of the pot with the solution for 20 minutes. You can consider dipping the pan in a large container which is filled with this salt solution.

3- Then apply detergent to the surface with a brush and wash away with hot water.

Simple! Isn’t it?

METHOD 2: Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Another effective method that has been used to remove stains caused by burnt grease is the use of baking soda and vinegar.

Both vinegar and baking soda can be used individually as cleaning agent but they are more effective and produces better results when used together.


Baking Soda


1- Sprinkle baking soda on the pan/pot bottom followed by a few drops of vinegar. Spread this paste with a brush or a sponge.

2- Make sure both the ingredients cover the stained surface properly, then leave for 10-15 minutes.

3- Wash the surface with a sponge and rinse properly.

That was a cakewalk!

METHOD 3: Using Detergent and hot water

This can be applied in cases whereby other household products are not readily available and all you have is your detergent and water.


Hot water
Scrub brush / sponge
Running water


1- Heat a considerable amount of water and pour it over the bottom of your pan, making sure all the stains are soaked.

2- Then sprinkle your detergent over the area and scrub the stains away with a brush or a sponge.

3- Wash again with a solution of detergent and warm water until you get the perfect surface you desire.

4- Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Can it be easier than that?

METHOD 4: Cleaning Pan Bottoms Using Ketchup

The use of Ketchup is almost an unbelievable but very effective method of cleaning off burnt grease from pans/pot.

It contains vinegar and other acidic content which enables it to react with and pull the grease away from the bottom of your frying pans and pots.


Warm water


1- Start by spreading a ketchup layer on the greasy surface and leave it for a long period, preferably overnight. The longer you leave the ketchup to interact with the greasy stains, the higher your possibility of getting a sparkling surface.

2- Remove the dried ketchup with warm water.

3- After this, wash the remaining ketchup and grease off with detergent and warm water.

4- Rinse thoroughly under running water.

METHOD 5: Cleaning Pan Bottoms Using Cream of Tartar

The use of cream of tartar is also an effective way of cleaning burnt grease off the surface of your cookware.

NOTE: It is advised not to use this method on stainless steel and cast iron to avoid rust.


Cream of Tartar
Non-abrasive sponge


1- Mix the cream with water in a ratio of three to one, and then apply it to the stained surface.

2- Leave it for about 10 minutes after which you can scrub away using a damp and non-abrasive sponge.

3- Now rinse the pan thoroughly.

Cleaning Stubborn Stains That Are Inside the Frying Pan/Pot

Geri Porter, a longtime kitchen manager for Martha Stewart, suggested the following procedure for stubborn and tough greasy stains that are difficult to remove:


Baking Soda
Scouring pad


1- Put a little baking soda in the pan and soak with one-quarter cup of water.
You may increase the quantity of water depending on the size of your pot or pan.

2- Turn on the flame and let the solution boil.

3- After a while, a thin film of baking soda will be noticed on the walls of the pan which can be scrubbed off using scouring pads and detergent

This should be preferably done while the pan is still hot to ensure complete removal of the stains.

4- Now wash with your detergent and rinse away with water.

Tips to Maintain the Cleanliness of Your Cookware

1- Read the manuals: The manufacturer’s instructions on how to maintain your pot/frying pans will also help you to know the right method to use. It is, therefore, important and should not be neglected.

2- Soak with detergent and warm water immediately after use: Doing this will help soften the stains before they become glued to the surface and cause temporary stains that may be difficult to remove.

3- Avoid cooking practices that can permanently leave greasy stains on your pot/frying pans.

Using Ready-made Cleaners for Your Frying Pans

Some products are available in stores that can be easily used to clean the greasy stains on the bottom of frying pans and pots, they include:

Bar Keeper’s Friend

This cleaner also works great for the burnt bottom part of your pan, whether you have cookware made of copper, aluminum, cast iron, or stainless steel.

1-First of all, make a paste of BKF with water in a ratio of three to one.
2- Then apply it on the stained surface and leave for 10 minutes after which you can wash away with a sponge and warm water.


I have shown you many different ways with which you can easily clean that black, burnt grease from the bottom of your frying pans or pots. Apply any of the method and let me know how it turned out.


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