How to Clean Mineral Deposits on Stainless Steel Pans

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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
  • Towel
  • 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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