How to Clean the Bottom of Stainless Steel Pans


Stainless-steel cookware is popular because it's lightweight, long-lasting and simple to clean. Over time, your stainless-steel pans may develop stains on the bottom. These stains, often black in color, come from the heat of the stove top and any spilled food or grease. Take care of your stainless-steel cookware by removing stains from the bottom of your pans using supplies you can probably find in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Dishpan
  • Tea kettle
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clean cloth
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a dishpan. Boil water in your tea kettle and pour it into the dishpan. Swish the solution around to mix the vinegar and water.

  • Place your stainless-steel pans in the vinegar solution so the stained bottom is sitting in the solution. Allow the pans to sit for five minutes.

  • Pour out the diluted vinegar solution and fill the dishpan with hot water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid.

  • Crumple a piece of aluminum foil. Scrub the bottom of your stainless-steel pan with the foil.

  • Rinse and dry your stainless steel pan if the stain is fully removed.

  • Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into your dishpan if the stain persists. Place the pan in the vinegar so the stained bottom is covered. Add more vinegar for more then one pan. Allow the pans to sit in the vinegar for 30 minutes.

  • Wash your stainless-steel pans, using the crumpled aluminum foil as a scrubber. Rinse them with water and dry them with a clean cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add baking soda to your dish water as an added abrasive. Use baking soda regularly to keep stains off the bottom of your stainless-steel pans.
  • Tackle spilled food stains immediately after cooking. When food boils over during cooking, stains can drip underneath to the bottom of the pan. Tend to stains as soon as possible for the easiest removal.

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