How to clean stainless steel pans

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If you own a piece of stainless steel cookware, you might have noticed that the surfaces can be difficult to clean using regular dish soap.  And you don’t want to use harsh cleaning powders or scouring pads because they will leave permanent unsightly scratches that will scar the beautiful luster of the stainless steel.  Sometimes simply boiling water can leave a rainbow-like discoloration after pouring out the hot water.  Heating soups with an oily base can leave a ring around the cookware even after washing with regular dish soap.  Air drying can also leave annoying water spots that are laborious to polish.

Bar Keepers friend liquid cleanser is made for solving these problems and ideal for cleaning stainless steel.

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I just squirt some liquid cleanser onto the problem area, and wipe several times with a soft sponge and the stains effortlessly disappear.  (If you are looking for a good kitchen scrubber, I use Jetz Scrubz).  For the tougher stains and cleaning burnt pots, I have tried soaking with the liquid cleanser for a few minutes before scrubbing.  Again, avoid using harsh scouring pads; I recommend Jetz Scrubz for all purposes.  The only word of caution I have is that you have to rinse well.  If you don’t rinse the cleanser completely, it will leave a white film after it dries, but the white film will rinse completely away with running water.

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I have used Bar Keepers Friend on the bottom of my oven after roasting meat that has dripped onto my oven and baked to a crusty black mark.  Bar Keepers Friend was the only cleanser that could clean the oven to look brand new without the harsh chemical smell that burns through your nasal passage.

I have also used it to clean my porcelain baking dishes.  Even though it is not advertised to clean porcelain, it completely removes even the stickiest sauce that has burned black onto the edges of my baking dishes.  I use it to polish my kitchen sink and the top of my oven to make it look like new, that is, besides the scratches.


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6 Responses to How to clean stainless steel pans
  1. […] with Bar Keepers Friend liquid cleanser will completely remove any discoloration from cooking.  Bar Keepers Friend liquid cleanser is ideal for stainless steel surfaces and it has always removed any unsightly […]

  2. Kristine
    February 1, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    This is perfect timing I was looking for a product like this, I´ve tried others before but some of my stainless steel cookware got scratched, maybe I wasn´t using the right scrubber as well. I´ll give Bar Keepers Fried a try and use the Scrubz sponge and see how it goes, and of course I´ll follow the tips above.

    • Dr. Grace
      February 1, 2012 | 10:52 pm

      Always glad I can help! All the best.

  3. Chef Loui
    February 6, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    Wow! after reading your post i gave it a try and i must say i am impressed with the result, I am a chef and this product is by far the best, you dont get that nasty smell from most cleansers and it just got rid of all the stains without any hassle.

    • Dr. Grace
      February 6, 2012 | 9:08 pm

      I agree that this product is the best! Glad you stumbled across my blog! I will continue to post my recommendations for great products.

  4. Sophia
    February 10, 2012 | 6:44 pm

    Anyone who knows about cooking know how important cookware really is, is a big part of how good your meals can be, and yes, is good to cook with or without a good pan when there´s no acces, but having a nice cookware at home really helps and this one is an excellent choice, I own some of it and works great.

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