How to Clean a Burnt Copper Bottom Pan

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A copper bottom pan is a very useful thing to have when you're cooking in the kitchen. The copper bottom is not only incredibly durable, but it also helps to spread the heat more efficiently across the entire pan.

A copper pan is helpful in many different ways, but a burnt copper bottom pan is nothing but trouble. 

Any burnt spots on your copper pans and copper cookware will prevent the even distribution of heat, which can lead to unevenly cooked or possibly burnt food.

The sight of any burnt copper cookware may tempt you to simply throw them away and buy new ones, but you don't have to!

How to Clean a Burnt Copper Bottom Pan

Method 1: Liquid Dish Soap, Tomato Ketchup, White Vinegar, Flour , Salt and Lemon Juice

You can clean your burnt copper pan with items already available in your home.

Liquid dish soap, tomato ketchup, lemon juice and table salt. These might seem like unsuspecting ingredients that you can find in any household, but they can actually effectively clean a burnt copper bottom until your copper pans shine.

Here's how:

  1. After removing as much of the burnt food particles sticking to your copper pan as you can, pour a bit of dishwashing liquid onto the burnt copper bottom pan before adding some hot water.
  2. After your burnt copper bottom pan with hot water has soaked for a bit, get a dish scrubber and scrub away the burnt food particles sticking to your pan. For this method, you should avoid using intense scrubbers like steel wool as these may compromise the non stick coating of your copper pan.


Should there be any stubborn burnt particles that refuse to get scrubbed away, you can let the copper pan soak overnight to soften the remaining burn marks.

  1. After leaving it to soak overnight, scrub away the softened particles and rinse the copper pan with hot water. Take a soft cloth and properly dry the clean copper pan.
  2. Once the pan has dried, flip it over so that the burned part at the bottom of the pan is exposed. Spread tomato ketchup over the burnt area and let the ketchup sit for at least one hour so that the acid can penetrate the burnt spot and break it down.


Once the hour has passed, rinse the ketchup with hot water and use a gentle scrubber or a scouring pad to scrub the surface of the pan before wiping the pan with a dry cloth. 

  1. Take a microwave-safe bowl and fill it halfway with vinegar. Microwave it at medium heat for around thirty seconds. Then, take another bowl and fill it halfway with flour before mixing both together to create a thick paste.


Spread this paste onto the burnt pan with a clean cloth and leave the pan to dry. Afterwards, take another piece of cloth that you can use to wipe the excess paste off the pan before rinsing it under hot water. 

  1. Now, it's time to take your lemon and some table salt. Cut your lemon into half and dip it in the salt. Then, rub the salted lemon all over any remaining rust still lingering on the burnt copper pan until the stains are completely removed.
  2. And for one last time, rinse the pan under hot water and dry it with a cloth.

Method 2: Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

These very normal and mundane ingredients can actually be mixed together to create a handy homemade cleaner!

  1. To create the cleaning agent, combine two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two tablespoons of baking soda to create a thick paste. The paste itself should feel a bit grainy from the texture of the baking soda.
  2. Get any burnt copper pans that need a refresh and put the paste at the bottom of the pan. Rub the mixture into the burn marks until these have been completely removed.
  3. After making sure that all the burnt areas have been removed and cleaned off, take your pan to the sink and wash away the mixture before drying it completely.

Method 3: Salt and Vinegar Spray

A versatile combination that can be used to clean many different things around your house, which also means that it can clean a burnt copper pan.

  1. Take a spray bottle and combine two or three teaspoons of salt. Fill up the rest of the spray bottle with vinegar.
  2. After making sure that the salt has completely dissolved to avoid any risk of scratches, spray your pan liberally and use a soft cloth to rub the mixture into any burnt areas on your pan.
  3. Once all the burnt areas have been removed, wash your pan off with water and dry it thoroughly.

We all know how important it is to take care of your kitchen, but it can be hard to keep it clean when so many things can make it dirty. From rowdy children and family members to all the cooking and eating that happens there, it can be hard to maintain a tidy kitchen, but the experienced cleaners at Luce Home are here to take your worries away.

Schedule an appointment with us and come home to a pristine home.

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