How to Clean Stainless Steel Pans

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Pans

Stainless steel pans are a great addition to our kitchen, they cook food nicely and look more elegant. Many of us ruin our stainless steel pans by cleaning them the wrong way, we use a cleaning sponge that is too rough or other things.

This article will teach you how to clean stainless steel pans in the easiest ways and forms without damaging the material of your pot. Burnt of food and grease will be gone in no time.


Things Needed To Clean Stainless Steel Pans:

White distilled vinegar 

Mr clean magic eraser 

Dawn dish soap

Baking soda


Cleaning Stainless Steel Pans In General

bottom of stainless steel pan

Not every stainless steel pan has a lot of stains and grease, but you still want to know the best way to clean your pans. This method is the safest and easiest way to clean stainless steel pans, in general, to keep up the shiny look and avoid discoloration.

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To clean the pan, pour some dawn dish soap on a sponge and rub it entirely over the pan, both inside and outside. The dawn dish soap will break down any grease that you cannot see or feel. The best sponge to use is a Mr clean magic eraser.

Fill the pot with hot water and let it sit for 1 hour. Now you can go back and use the Mr clean magic eraser and scrub the pan. Do not scrub in a circular motion because this will cause your pans to have swirls in them.

Now you can rinse the stainless steel pan with running hot water.


Cleaning Stainless steel pans with White Vinegar

I know we have certain types of food that do leave a strong odor in your pan when you cook it. If you do not want to use toxic chemicals in your stainless steel pans, then use white distilled vinegar to get out the odor while cleaning the pan. Vinegar will also remove stains off your stainless steel pans as well.

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Steps To Take:

1) The first step you need to take is to leave the pan in some hot water to soak overnight so the water will help soften any stains that are sticking. 

2) The next step to take is to pour 3 tablespoons of dawn dish soap on the stainless steel pan and wash it. Now you can add 1 cup of vinegar to a small bowl and use the sponge and scrub areas that are stained.

3) During the process you will need to wash the pan off so that you can check for areas that you have missed. Once you did that and you have clean the entire pan, you can now rinse the pan and let it dry.

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Using Hot Water And Baking Soda

Stainless steel pans tend to can get a little discolored over time if they are not cleaned properly, the little brown spots you see. If you use anything hard on stainless steel pans, it will scrape the pot so we tend to just either scrape the pan or we just don’t clean it that well. This is where baking soda comes in, it can create a rough texture that will clean the pan without scraping it. If you have a burnt oil stain, this method will remove that stain from your pan.

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Steps To Take:

1) As mentioned in the other cleaning methods, leaving your stainless steel pan to soak overnight in dawn dish soap will make the cleaning process much easier on you. Now that the pan has soaked overnight, sprinkle baking soda all over the pot. You can even use your hand to massage it in.

2) Take a clean Mr clean magic eraser and scrub the pan. Focus on areas that are stained by burnt oil or food. The roughness of the baking soda will break down the stain brown oil stain spot.

3) Now you can rinse the pot off and repeat the cleaning process if you see stains or brown spots. You can also make a paste by mixing baking soda and toothpaste together and rub the pot with it if you want the baking soda to stick more.

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How to Clean Burnt Stainless Steel Pan

washing stainless steel pan with dawn dish soap

Burn stainless steel pots are one of the most common problems we have. To remove the burn mark you will be mixing vinegar, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap together. Leave the pot to soak overnight then add 1 cup vinegar, 6 tablespoons dawn dish soap, and half a cup baking soda. Scrub the burnt areas with a Mr Clean magic eraser and the burn will come off easily and so does the burnt odor.

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How to Care for Stainless Steel Cookware

There are a few things you should know that will make your stainless steel pans last longer and look as good as new all the time.

1) Never use hard cleaning products like steel wool or scotch brite on your stainless steel pans unless you want to scrape them.

2) Scrub your stainless steel pans in a horizontal or vertical motion. Circular motions will create swirls in the pan that will look awful when you hang them up.

3) High flames will burn the bottom of the pans and leave black marks. Make sure to monitor the flame when you use Stainless steel pans.

4) Avoid cooking food that might stain or change the color of the pot.

5) Always let your stainless steel pots soak overnight before you try to clean them so you do not have to apply too much pressure when cleaning that might scrape the pan.

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Best Cleaner For Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

Here are 3 of the best products you can use to clean any stainless steel cookware if you choose not to use any of the methods above.

1) Bar Keeper Friends Cookware Cleaner

2) Crown Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Cleaner

3) All-Clad Cookware Cleaner And Polisher 

4) Mr clean magic eraser

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