How To Clean A Burnt Copper Bottom Pan: Step by Step Guide 2021

Hey Guys, Today I discuss on a trending topic about how to clean a burnt copper bottom pan. A lot of cookware manufacturers use copper in the bottom of pans due to its capability to heat quickly and distribute heat evenly across the surface. However, the bottom of copper pans can get burnt if left on a burner for too long, particularly while empty. When the copper metal gets overheated, it develops burn marks that are hard to eliminate.  

These sorts of caked-on burnt bits not only affect the reliability of your copper cookware but also make them exposed to wear and tear. Burnt copper pans may also lose their ability to distribute heat evenly across the surface, leaving your food with a rather burnt taste. Fortunately, there are various effective cleaning approaches you can use to remove those burns and fix your copper pans for good.

Below, we’ll focus on how to clean a burnt copper bottom pan so that next time you develop this hitch you know what to do to get it fixed. Check to verify whether you’ve got the following things at hand before you proceed.


  • Liquid dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • Non-abrasive scraping pad  
  • A clean cloth or rug
  • Tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup table salt
  • ½ cup white flour
  • A lemon
  • A knife

Once you’re sure that you have all the above supplies within reach, now it’s time to embark on actual cleanup task. Follow these steps with absolute keenness.

Step One: Remove the Burnt Food

Take the burnt bits off the inside bottom of your copper pan. Pour at least two drops of liquid dish washing soap into the bottom of your pan.

Cover the layer of burnt food by filling your pan with hot water. Add two tablespoons of baking soda into the pan and allow it to soak for about one hour.

Step Two: Scrub the Burnt Food Bits

Having left your pan to soak for 60 minutes, now try using a non-abrasive scrubber to scrub the burnt food from the pan. Once again, if you find that the food is still firmly attached to the bottom of your pan, leave it to soak overnight.

Afterward, try to scrub the food from your pan again and rinse it with hot water. Then, dry your pan using a clean cloth or rug.

Step Three: Spread a Layer of Tomato Ketchup

This step involves exposing the burnt food by turning the copper pan right side down. Spread the tomato ketchup layer uniformly over the bottom of your burnt copper pan. Give the ketchup at least one hour to sit on the burnt copper bottom, so that the acids can completely eat away the burnt spots.

Wash off the tomato ketchup with hot water while rubbing the burnt surface with a non-abrasive pad. Dry your pan with a soft cloth.

Step Four: Apply a Paste of Vinegar, White Fluor and Table Salt

Pour ¼ to ½ cup vinegar into a microwave safe bowl. Warm the vinegar in a microwave and maintain medium to high temperature for half an hour. As the vinegar is heating up, take a second bowl and mix ½ cup white flour and ½ cup table salt in it.

Add warm vinegar into your second bowl (containing a mixture of table salt and white flour) and stir it until it forms a thick paste. Spread this paste over your burnt copper bottom pan.

Using a soft cloth, rub the paste gently into the bottom of the pan. Allow the paste to rest on the bottom until it dries. Then, remove the excess paste by wiping it off with a clean cloth. Rinse the bottom of your copper pan in hot water.

Step Five: Remove the Residual Stains with Salted Lemon

Cut a lemon into two halves using a knife. Dip one of these halves in table salt and ensure that the entire cut surface has been covered. Rub any remaining tarnished spots with salted lemon to help remove residual stains.

Use a dish scrubber to work the salt and lemon juice deep into the burns. Once the stains have disappeared, give your copper pan a good rinse with hot water to remove the remnants of both the lemon scrub and the marks.

Lastly, dry your copper cookware with a clean cloth. Hurray! You’ve removed all stains from your burnt copper bottom pan and it’s now sparkling clean. You can do this regularly to keep those awful burn marks and stains at bay.

Hopefully, you get huge ideas from this topic- how to clean a burnt copper bottom pan. If you have any questions in your mind? Please feel free comment below. I will try to reply ASAP.

Kathy Smith

Hi, I am Kathy Smith. I am chief chef in KitchenGearPros. I am also a freelance blogger. I share my cooking related experience and knowledge.

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