What Removes the Black Residue From Stainless Steel Pots?

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Step 1

Place the pot under running so the water is running directly over the area with black residue.

Step 2

Remove the pot from the water. Adjust it so that you can access the black residue. Often the residue is on the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Scrub the black residue on the stainless steel pot with a nylon-bristled brush. Do not use a metal-bristled brush.

Step 4

Add just enough water to ½ cup baking soda to make a thick paste if the black residue is still visible. The paste should be the same consistency as toothpaste.

Step 5

Rub the baking soda paste into the black residue with a clean cloth. The baking soda will act as a mild abrasive that will pick up the black residue. Remove the paste when it turns black and apply more paste until it no longer turns black.

Step 6

Rinse the pot with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.