By Tracy Moore

Marshmallows are a fluffy, sweet treat enjoyed by adults and children alike, but can leave behind a sticky residue on your pots and pans when cooking. Scrubbing and scraping in dishwater is sometimes not effective enough. Fortunately, there are many products that you can find in your own home that will remove this burnt-on food stain and leave your pan looking new again.

Burnt pans can ruin your cooking experience.

Step 1

Fill the pan with hot water and add in a drop or two of dish soap. Let the pan soak overnight and wipe clean with the scouring side of a sponge. You may need to scrub for awhile for extra stuck-on marshmallow.

Step 2

Sprinkle the pan with baking soda and fill with water. Heat the pan on the stove and bring to a boil. Let the pan cool and wipe out the pan with a sponge or dry cloth. If there is still marshmallow residue, use a plastic scraper or a small bread tag to scrape it out. The baking soda and water mixed with high heat will help ease the burnt marshmallow off the pan.

Step 3

Soak your pan in 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of hot water for about two hours. This combination of liquids will penetrate the food stain and make it easier to wipe off your pot. Use more vinegar for a larger stain.