I have worked hard this week to bring you the magic ingredient to clean your stainless steel cookware…
Five years ago when my hubby and I first got married, we picked out an amazing stainless steel cookware set. I have been able to keep it well taken care of throughout the years and it has been my primary cooking set for everything in the kitchen. I have unfortunately failed to take good care of the outside of the pans. There are some horrible burn marks and spots that I did not bother to clean off. This has resulted in a rather not-so-stainless-steel look.
My desire was to find something natural that would aid me in cleaning this gunk off my stainless steel pans. It was becoming unsightly. After some research and looking for some natural methods, the one that looked best was baking soda and vinegar. Ah ha, my go-to cleaning products!
The top recommendations are to gently scrub the baking soda into the pot or pan with a soft cloth and then add the vinegar to let it bubble and make it shine. So I proceeded to do that.
I think the kitchen gnomes were all laughing at me. Not a bit of the burnt marks budged.
So I tried to let it soak for a little. I sprinkled the baking soda on the pan and then sprayed some vinegar and walked away. I may have been too impatient, because when I walked back and tried again with a soft cloth, nothing. The stainless steel cookware was determined to stay stained.
I even tried some hydrogen peroxide instead of vinegar, but that didn’t work either. I wasn’t wanting to use something too abrasive because that would scratch up the stainless steel. Some more research was done and still the same types of recommendations were found.
Finally, I figured it out. The magic ingredient is Elbow Grease.
Alas, my attempts to find something truly magical were but a dream. I used a rough scrub pad and baking soda with vinegar and put my heart into it. I got my pans clean, but there are some swirly scratches all over. Fortunately they are a brushed stainless steel, so the scratches somewhat blend it. I’m pretending its part of the look of the pans. The insides were already scratched up anyway. I’m not too upset about it.
So I was hoping to bring you some excellent tips on cleaning stainless steel cookware. And maybe someday will find something that works better. If you have any tips please share! I am all ears. My shoulder is a little sore from scrubbing…