Hard water often contributes to mineral deposits on various surfaces, including stainless steel. When white or chalky looking areas appear inside of your stainless steel pans, a wash with hot water and soap will not suffice. These mineral deposits must be dissolved with a common household product.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- Nylon scrubbing sponge
- 4 to 5 drops of liquid dish soap
Fill the pan with the mineral deposits approximately halfway full of hot water. Pour the white vinegar in the pan.
Place the pan on a stove burner and set the burner to a medium-high to high setting. Bring the water and vinegar to a boil, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Pour the water into a sink and wash the pan with hot water and a nylon scrubbing sponge with 4 to 5 drops of liquid dish soap applied to its surface. Rinse the pan after washing and dry with a towel before storing.
Tips & Warnings
- When boiling water in a stainless steel pan when cooking, add a pinch of salt to the boiling water to prevent mineral deposits from forming.
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