How to Shine Stainless Pots


Stainless steel is a solid material used to make cooking pots. However, if they have stains or burnt-on foods, they may seem impossible to clean. Also, stainless steel is prone to water spots and, while they have no negative impact on cooking, you may consider them unsightly. Before giving up on your pots, clean them and incorporate one or two tricks to bring back their original shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Dish rag or sponge
  • Dish towel
  • Bar Keepers Friend
  • Vinegar
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Fill pots with hot water to prevent food from getting stuck if you don't plan to clean them before the food dries. However, if you cooked with high acid foods, such as spaghetti sauce, clean the pots as soon as possible since acid can potentially corrode stainless steel over time.

  • Wash stainless pots after each use with the hot, soapy water, using a rag or soft sponge. Most stainless steel pots are also dishwasher safe; place pots on the bottom rack. Dry with a dish towel to avoid spots rather than air drying.

  • Clean stains inside and out with Bar Keepers Friend, a product recommended by many stainless steel manufacturers. Put a small amount on a damp rag and scrub on stains. You can also make a paste with water to rub onto and clean tough-to-remove stains. Wash, rinse with cold water and dry with a clean rag.

  • Soak the inside bottom of stainless pots in vinegar for 30 minutes to remove stains as an alternative to Bar Keepers Friend. For burnt-on stains, fill the pot with at least 1 cup of vinegar and then enough water to reach the stains. Boil for five minutes. Afterwards, wash in hot, soapy water, rinse with cold water and dry with a rag.

  • Shine the outside of the pots with a stainless steel cleaner. Dab a small amount on a rag and rub pots in a circular motion on both the inside and out to restore the shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use steel wool or any other abrasive materials to clean stainless pots.

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