How to Remove Burn Stains From Stainless Steel Pots


Stainless steel pots, as with any other type of cooking pot or pan, regularly accumulate stains when foods burn onto the bottom and sides of the pot. While the stainless steel surface for the most part is simple to maintain, when it gets burn stains on it it needs to be cleaned more thoroughly to be restored to its original condition. This can be done with a little elbow grease and a few cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Stove
  • Dish detergent
  • Fill the pot with 1 cup white vinegar, then add water until the burn stains are completely submerged.

  • Place the pot on a stove burner, and turn the burner on to high heat.

  • Allow the liquid to come to a boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes.

  • Allow the water to cool, add a squirt of dish soap to the liquid in the pot, and scrub with a sponge.

  • Rinse the pot with cold water when all stains have been removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wash your pots after cooking, before stains have the opportunity to dry onto the surface.

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