I grew up the old fashioned way. Although I am a very young woman, my mother is a woman from the good ol’ days. So I was privileged with an upbringing that required me learning frugal and vintage housekeeping skills and using housekeing tips throughout the ages. I cannot learn enough of those tips and tricks. So I am happy to find a new vintage cleaning hack that saved me from throwing out my pot today.

I have been wondering about what to do about this pot for a few days now. I accidentally left kidney beans boiling for too long in it. Way too long as you can see! I was so disappointed on the evening that happened. As I was having guests over, and wanted to cook up a nice bean stew. But that didn’t come through. And my pot was badly burnt with food stuck on to it.

The vintage cleaning tip I used to restore my pot today includes using an onion to loosen up the burnt and stuck on food inside the pot. You will need an onion (or half) and some water to boil things up.


I also used some baking soda to help break down the burnt food. So I added about 1/2 cup of baking soda. The baking soda is the first thing I added to the pot.

Next add some water. Make sure the water level in the pot is higher than the burnt food. If you have hot or warm water coming from your tap, you could use that to make the process faster.

Then place the onion in the pot of water. The onion I used was large. So I ended up using only half of it. I also wanted to get more surface area out of the onion by cutting it.


Put fire or heat under the pot with onion, baking soda and water and bring to a boil. You will need to keep a close watch as the water may boil over. Ooops! Mine did 🙂

The onion will help the burnt food to loosen up and rise to the top. The baking soda will help to break down tough particles and keep down odor. And the hot water will help to soften the burnt food too.

I was able to easily finish up by using a spoon to scoop out the burnt food. Not all of it was floating on top. But the burnt food was very easy to remove from the  pot. I would say that this tip was really worth the try, and it did save my pot from being thrown out.


I like cooking with onions and eating onion rings. So I usually have a good pile of onions in storage. But now I will be stocking up even more with onions. Who knows what else an onion might be able to do!


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