How to Clean Stainless Steel

Have you upgraded to stainless steel in your kitchen? Make sure you know how to care for it with these tips from Domestic CEO. 

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #51

How to Clean Your Sink

Cleaning Stainless Steel Pans

Stainless steel cookware is a beautiful addition to any cook’s kitchen, and when taken care of properly, it will last for many years. For everyday washing, it is perfectly fine to use dish soap and a soft sponge to clean your stainless steel pans. Wash them by hand, never in the dishwasher, and dry them immediately with a soft towel to prevent water spots from forming.

If you have caked-on food in the bottom of your pan, put about 1 inch of water in your pan and put it back on the stove. Once it starts to boil, add 2 tablespoons of salt or 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow the liquid to simmer (which means very lightly boiling) for 30 minutes, adding more water so it never goes dry. Using a plastic or wooden spatula, start to scrape the bottom of the pan. Continue this process until all the food chunks have released.

If your pan has burn marks, but no food chunks, you can use plain old baking soda to clean those off. Simply sprinkle baking soda into your pan and rub in a circular motion with a clean rag or sponge. You can do this dry, or apply enough water to make a thick paste. Continue to rub until the burn marks disappear. Then rinse the pan with water and dry immediately.

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If you want to add a little shine to your pans after they are clean, you can use a stainless steel polish that is specially made for cookware. This is typically available at specialty kitchen stores next to the dishwashing supplies or the stainless steel cookware displays. Just make sure not to use an industrial stainless steel cleaner on your pans. You don’t want to cook the chemicals into your food.

Stainless steel is a beautiful product to have in a kitchen. If you’ve invested the money to upgrade your appliances, sink, and cookware to stainless, make sure you invest the time and energy into keeping it clean and polished, so you will be able to enjoy its beauty for many years to come.

How do you keep your stainless steel looking fabulous? Share your tips and stories on my Facebook wall, or tweet me your experiences @thedomesticceo.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

Stainless Steel Pans photo from Shutterstock.