# Can baking soda or citric acid help clean a pot with burned-in milk rice?

The other day I was cooking milk rice and forgot about it so it burned a little on the bottom. This lower layer was very hard to clean. A lot of websites recommend boiling water in the pot with baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) or citric acid to dissolve the burned residue and make it easier to clean the pot. I tried this but it did not help. I doubt there is even a chemical reaction between these reagents that would help in any way.

Is this another myth or is there scientific basis for given recommendation?

• Not sure about acid, but soda does help sometimes, and that's for a reason. – Ivan Neretin Dec 25 '15 at 8:19

The hotter the water, the more likely it will be to remove burnt-on starch. Not only does $\ce{NaHCO3}$ raise the boiling point of the water, but it also helps saponify fats (actually, "washing soda", $\ce{Na2CO3}$ would be better).