We’ve all left a pot on the stove for too long or at too high of a temperature. The results are often a mess of burnt-on food, stuck to the bottom of your pot. How do you remove this catastrophic mess?  While dish detergent may be the go-to for most people, here are three common household products that will actually do a better job at removing the mess – and these may surprise you!

Dryer Sheet: Add water, dish soap and a dryer sheet to the pot and let it sit for at least one hour. The anti-static properties and fabric softening chemicals in the dryer sheet will help loosen and soften the burnt-on food.  Next, remove the contents and wipe clean with a microfibre cloth. The burnt-on food will wash away with ease!

Ketchup: Pour a thick layer of ketchup over the burnt-on mess, and let it sit overnight. The acid from the tomatoes in the ketchup will eat away the burned food. In the morning, rinse the pot and use a scrub brush to clean the stain away.

Cola: Add just enough cola to the pot to cover the stain, and allow it to sit in the pot for approximately five hours. Use a wooden spatula scrape off as much of the residue as possible, then clean the remaining mess with a scrub brush. Wash the pan with soap and water afterwards.