Cleaning products?

Cleaning products?

So my roommate and I share her cookware in the apartment. However, I cook a lot more than she does, and I've been a bit hard on her pots and pans. Does anybody know any good homemade sorts of things to get off burnt bits, etc? I was going to try baking soda and vinegar, and possibly put the pans in the oven with vinegar in them to boil that and see if it cleans them up.
weird THING killing my plants >_<

weird THING killing my plants >_<

Resident bird

Resident bird

Calendula

Calendula

SPRING IS SPRINGING IN DA LOU!

SPRING IS SPRINGING IN DA LOU!

New Plants!

New Plants!

Caterpillar and plant IDs

Caterpillar and plant IDs