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How to Clean Stainless Steel Pots & Pans

Updated on April 29, 2012

Cleaning stainless steel cookware does not need to be a chore. There are several ways that you can go about cleaning your cookware, the best suggestion is try different ways to see which works best for you! The following are just some ways you can clean your cookware.

  1. One option is to clean your stainless steel cookware with plain water, this at times, works the best. If your cookware is real dirty you can use mild dish detergent or glass cleaner. After washing dry with a cloth to avoid water spots.
  2. You can use warm, soapy water or a gentle dish-washing cycle for everyday cleaning, and then dry your cookware thoroughly with a cloth.
  3. You can use a mixture of white vinegar in water to remove mineral deposits left by hard water.
  4. You can polish stainless steel with a paste made of water and baking soda. After covering surface with paste, rinse and dry thoroughly.

More Useful Tips

Stainless steel cookware is known to be a very low maintenance cooking product, you do not have to worry about cracks, dents and stains however it does need some basic cleaning. Here are some tips on cleaning stainless steel cookware that you may want to try out:

If you want to remove water stains from your stainless steel cookware, try using a soft cloth dabbed in olive oil. Apply olive oil and clean with another dry soft cloth. Your stainless steel cookware will be ready to shine.

If it’s a stainless steel electric skillet or roaster that you have and want to clean, just apply some club soda on surface, and clean with a soft cloth or towel to clean it out.

Stainless steel cookware is known to be spot and stain free; however there are times that you might occur a rare spot or stain. To get rid of these, use vinegar. Apply vinegar to spot or stain and wipe off with soft cloth or towel, you may need to repeat application for larger stains or spots.

If its grease you are trying to clean, use a mixture of ammonia and warm water. Just remember to rinse the ammonia completely and thoroughly before using the cookware.

If your cookware has some rust, try using a common household cleaner.

Never use steel wool on stainless steel cookware this will scratch and harm cooking surface, and effect cooking efficiency.


These are just a few tips and different ways to clean your cookware. You may find one works better than the other. Try out a few different methods to see what method works best for you!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have one piece of stainless steal... it is my spaghetti pot. Unfortunately, I think there is no help for it. when I moved, I piled it full of small kitchen things and taped the lid on. Sadly... I thought all the tape was removed. I was wrong and completely melted the tape to the bottom. Oh well - I hid my pots and pans anyway so I am the only one that sees them. Nice informative hub!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Rajan Jolly- Nice to see you stop buy, appreciate the comments you wrote:)

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Brett.Tesol- Thanks for voting my hub up and sharing, happy hubbing:)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CookwareBliss, these are very useful tips. Stainless steel has become an integral part of our lives. These tips will come in real handy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Good tips, it amazes me how many things baking soda is useful for!

      Voted up, useful and of course ... SHARING.

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Your very welcome...hope you enjoy your new set of cookware!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for these useful tips. I was just given a stainless steel cooking set this fall as a gift and these tips will be very helpful!