Yesterday I severely burned a pan. I've gotten as much of it out as I
can yet the bottom appears spotty and dark. Does anyone know of a
product that will make my pan look like new? Also, the smell of the
charred pan remains in the house. Does anyone have any hints to get rid
of the burnt smell? I hope it will eventually go away. I have tried the
saucers of vinegar around the house but I didn't find that it really
helped all that much. Perhaps this will just take time? Any
help/suggestions are appreciated :)
I think we all have done this at least once in our lifetimes...
To get the smell out of the air, I used a product called "California Pet
Scents...Citrus...Pure and Natural Air Freshener". It is a concentrated
spray that smells like oranges. Mainly used when your pet soils the
carpet. Really works well.
At one time or another, I have also used "Oust", "Renuzit Super Odor
Neutralizer" and "North American Pure Citrus Orange Air Freshener". The
"citrus" ones really work well.
As far as the pan goes, if it's really burned on and a scouring pad and
Ajax won't cut it, just toss the pan. Really!
If it's an expensive, copper bottom pan, go to the hardware store/Home
Depot and get a wire brush that you can chuck into an electric drill.
This will do the job with out a lot of effort.
if the smell is still in your house, then you kind of have a big problem
since you posted this over 2 weeks ago.
In all seriousness though,, if this happens again, you can try and put out
some saucers of ammonina. Overnight it will likely get the odor out of your
If you still have a serious odor problem at this point in time, let me know
and I can recomend commercial solutions that will take care of the problem.
The pan can likely be saved if it is a quality pan,, if you are to the
point where your desperate, try soaking some sodium hydroxide in it (lye) in
warm water. Use caution if your using lye, use gogles, wear rubber gloves,
face shield, apron, all the normal safey stuff for using strong acids or
alkine compounts and do it outside if possiable, away from kids and pets...
That can eat through a lot of organic matter, and it leaves most metals
alone,, for the most part. Try it first for about a half hour, try about a
tablespoon in 2 cups of warm water.
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