How to Clean Burnt Grease from Bottom of Frying Pans?

Your cookware looks beautiful straight from the shop but as you use it over time, you may notice some brown gunk at the bottom caused by burnt grease especially for your skillets.

Now, you can be one of those people who will ignore that and go about your cooking, but we have a strong feeling that the unsightly marks bother the hell out of you and that is how you found yourself here.

First, we want to assure you that you are in the right place. You do not have to throw away your pans because you can easily get rid of those marks. Keep it here to find out how.

How to Clean Burnt from Bottom of Frying Pans

Scrubbing your pan may not yield any results as far as eliminating the burnt grease that we have mentioned above. However, there are several methods you can use to get your pans sparkling again.

Before we get into that, here is a list of what you will need.

* Dish washing liquid

* Hydrogen peroxide

* Vinegar

* Baking soda

* Salt

* Ketchup

* Oven cleaner

* Toothbrush/scrubbing pad/ scouring pad

Now, there are different things you can use for cleaning your pans such as:

Baking Soda For Cleaning Frying Pan

Baking soda is readily available so this is one of the easiest methods you can use to get rid of the grease on your pan.

For this method, you will need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish washing liquid. First, make a thick paste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Next, add several drops of the liquid soap and use a scrubbing pad to apply the paste to the bottom of the pan. Allow the paste to dry for about an hour and then scrub. When you are done, rinse the paste off.

Using Vinegar to Clean Bottom of Frying Pan

Vinegar is an acidic substance that offers a simple yet effective way of eliminating the brown marks from the bottom of your skillet.

The first thing you want to do is pour some vinegar into a basin. Ensure that it is enough to submerge your pan’s bottom fully.

Allow the pan to soak for about an hour and then use a toothbrush or scrubbing pad with a bit of dish washing soap to remove the marks.

Salt and Vinegar to Clean Burnt Grease from Bottom of Frying Pans

A vinegar soak works just fine but sometimes the grease on your pan requires some abrasiveness to get off. To get that, you can add salt to the mix.

Just keep in mind that the coarseness of the salt can scratch the finish on your pan.

Anyway, what you need to do is to soak your pan in the vinegar for about an hour and then pour some salt on the base of the pan.

Add some dish washing liquid and scrub using a scouring pad to remove the grease.

Vinegar, Dish washing Soap, and Baking Soda

If you want a deeper cleaning method to remove grease from your stainless steel pans, you can use salt, baking soda, and vinegar. You may call this the magic combo because it will surely get rid of that brown gunk on your frying pan.

Take a generous amount of baking soda and salt and sprinkle it on the base of your pan particularly on the stains.

Spray some vinegar onto the baking soda and salt and allow the pan to sit for about 10 minutes. Use a scouring pad to scrub off the grease and rinse with water.

Oven Cleaner

Although you may have not thought of this, oven cleaner can work to eliminate burnt grease from the bases of different kinds of pans.

We understand that you may be wary of using oven cleaner on your cookware but we can assure you that this is a safe method. Note that it is ideal for nonstick and ceramic cookware.

What you want to do is apply a generous amount of the oven cleaner to the bottom of your pan. Allow that to sit for several hours or preferably overnight.

After that, use a scrubbing pad to remove the stains and then clean the pan in warm soapy water to eliminate any oven cleaner remnants.


Ketchup is meant to be used for food so who would think that it could be used as a cleaning agent for burnt grease. Well, it appears that might be the case because ketchup is thought to soften and lift burnt-grease.

However, this method may take more time than the others to deliver results.

Slather the bottom of your pan with ketchup and allow it to sit for a few hours. Overnight if you can. After that, use some dish washing liquid and a scrubbing pad to scrape off the grease.

Rinse with water afterward.

Lemon and Baking Soda

Another powerful combination for eliminating grease stains on your pan has to be lemon and baking soda.

Lemon, just like vinegar has acidic properties that can break down the grease on your pan. You want to cut the lemon in half and dip one piece in baking soda.

Once that is done, apply the baking soda to the lemon in circular motions on the bottom of your pan. Do this until you eliminate the gunk.

You may add some dish washing liquid and scrub with a pad after for a sparkling look

How to Avoid Staining your Pans with Burnt Grease Stains on Pans

Now that you have eliminated the stains from your pan, you want to avoid getting to a place where you have to do another deep cleaning (at least not anytime soon).

Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your pans do not end up looking unsightly again.

(1) Clean your pan right after using them and be sure to scrub the bottom thoroughly.

(2) Soak your pans in hot soapy water after cooking to loosen any grease at the bottom.

(3) Use a scouring pad to scrub off the grime from your pan’s crevices ad base.

Final Thoughts

If you care about your reputation, especially in the kitchen, you want your pots and pans to be sparkling clean.

The regular scrub with soap, water, and scouring pad may not always suffice but with the methods, we have discussed above, you can restore the look of your pans.

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