How To Clean Stainless Steel Cookware

In this article we take a look at how to clean stainless steel cookware sets.

One of the biggest selling points of stainless steel cookware is that with proper care, it can look brand new even if it isn’t. The mirror finish makes stainless steel pots and pans a great addition to any kitchen.

That said, it can also go very wrong. If you don’t know how to clean your cookware properly, you’ll get brown spots and stains that are tough to remove.

While the material is called stainless steel, the name is perhaps slightly misleading in that it can indeed be stained. What the”stainless” in the name is really referring to is that the stainless steel material does not readily corrode, rust, or discolor. This distinguishes it from regular steel or iron products, which do have those problems.

The reason that these are not problems for stainless steel are due to it being constructed with a minimum 10.5% chromium by mass. Aside from those things, expect to clean your cookware just like you would a set made from any other material.

This is precisely why it’s important to know how to clean stainless steel cookware effectively. It is an investment that will last you a long time, with the proviso that you take good care of it.

Tips For How To Clean Stainless Steel Cookware Effectively

Use hot soapy water

With stainless steel pots and pans, the food sometimes sticks and people have a hard time scrubbing it off. Before you use any type of scouring pad, soak it first with hot or warm soapy water and leave it there for a few hours. You can even leave it overnight.

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The water and soap mixture will remove most of the food buildup. When you drain the water, most if not all will be gone. You can then use your scrub to remove the rest.

Don’t get carried away with steel scrubbers

There are steel wool pads or scrubbers that are copper-based, and these are quite effective in removing food. If you have burnt food that has really stuck to the pots and pans, this is a sure way of removing it.

You have to remember however that if you put steel on steel, it will definitely scratch your cookware as well. Naturally you don’t want your quality stainless steel cookware being scratched and damaged, shortening it’s usefulness to you. It’s better to use normal scrubbers or a non-abrasive sponge, but first you have to soak the pots and pans in hot water.

The LauKingdom Cast Iron Cleaner is also a popular choice of scrubber, using cast iron and smaller rings to give a gentler, yet effective clean without scratching your cookware.

Use baking soda or salt to help remove burn marks

If you leave your pots or pans on the burner for too long, it may develop burn marks. Nobody wants this discoloration to happen, and the good news is you just need basic ingredients from your kitchen to solve it.

The answer is baking soda, which is one of the best multi-purpose cleaners out there. For one, you can sprinkle baking soda onto the completely dry surface of your pan. Using a dry cloth, rub the baking soda in the affected area. You may also add some water to the baking soda, until it reaches a paste-like consistency.

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Another way is to cook away the burn marks with salt. Fill the pan with water and wait for it to boil. When the water is boiling, add around 2-4 tablespoons of salt, then let the pan sit for up to 4-5 hours, this time without the heat.Remove the water and scrub away.

As an alternative to salt, white vinegar or lemon juice might work better for you. If it doesn’t work the first time, just repeat the procedure and leave the solution overnight.

Clean After Each Use

You can avoid food buildup or burn marks if you have a regular maintenance routine for your cookware. Cleaning your pots and pans regularly is a must, especially after using. Every time you’re done using your cookware, clean them with a non-abrasive sponge.

You have to make sure though that your cleaning product is specifically for stainless steel and contains no bleach or ammonia.

After washing, use a clean towel to wipe your cookware dry. Otherwise, you’ll end up with water spots if you allow it to sit out. Stainless steel pots and pans are dishwasher-friendly, but for longevity, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea to wash them in a dishwasher.

Polish Your Cookware

You will also notice that fingerprints or small scratches sometimes remain on the outside surface of your pots and pans. This can be removed easily using a soft cloth and stainless steel polish.

This video demonstrates how cleaning is done, and it’s actually not as hard as you think.  It also emphasizes the importance of using a non-abrasive sponge and a good stainless steel cleanser like Bar Keeper’s Friend for convenient, non-damaging and effective cleaning of your cookware.

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We hop you found these tips on how to clean stainless steel cookware sets useful.