Have you ever forgotten a sauce or turned on a burner and walked away only to come back to a burned-on mess? I did this yesterday to my gorgeous and somewhat new saute pan and thought all was lost. I attempted to us a de-glaze method, but that still left some brown makings and residue. I was so bummed because I really thought my pan would never be the same. I was about to start the waterworks when I remembered that I had used vinegar in the past to remove smudges and white residue from my pans and decided that it was worth a try. After about a minute of scrubbing with white vinegar, the pan looked shiny and new--with no brown spots to speak of. I was so happy. This may be something that everyone already knows, and I am the last one to figure it out, but I thought I would share anyway. I really love vinegar- even though my husband things it stinks. I have used it to clean floor sticky spots, rinse chlorine/shampoo residue from my hair and even to conquer a wicked case of stinky feet one time when mere soap couldn't cut it. Anyone else know some handy unexpected uses for vinegar, or any other cool tips like this?