Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cleaning Stainless Steel

Cleaning my stainless steel pots, pans and appliances has been on my to-do list for weeks now. I cannot tell you how yucky, sticky and ugly my cookware has become over the years, and with each use I think to myself "I must clean these!"

Well, today I finally checked this task off my list!

I hate cleaning stainless steel, mostly because I have zero patience for tedious tasks. But I’ve learned the hard way that the longer you let your stainless steel go, the more elbow work you’ll have to put into cleaning later.

I spent a little over an hour scrubbing pots and pans today, but it sure did pay off. My stainless steel looks brand new! 
All you need is two ingredients, baking soda and peroxide.

In a small bowl, add ¼ cup of baking soda and just enough peroxide to make a paste. Using a sponge, scrub your stainless steel with the mixture.

Side by Side Comparison:

This solution really does clean everything – stove, oven, stainless steel appliances and even the handles of the refrigerator door!

I recently learned about Bar Keepers Friend and now use this magical powder in place of this cleaning method. It is way faster and requires a lot less scrubbing!
I sprinkle a little powder in the pot, let is soak for a bit in my sink and then scrub a little and the build up comes right off!


  1. Hi sweet girl!

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    Happy to have "met" you!


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  3. This is definitely a great alternative to using harsh chemicals. Thanks for sharing.

  4. P.S. How long did it take you to get your first follow?? :)

  5. Great tip! I love your "Handy Homemaker" posts - thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, that was embarrassingly easy. My SS tea kettle has been nasty and nothing has gotten it off...10 minutes later, things are looking much brighter. Thanks as always for sharing!

  7. Great! This worked so well! Thanks for the tip.

  8. It's really an amazing sharing I have not seen these images yet.Thank you very much for the sharing.

  9. I am going to pass this on to my mom. About once a week she says, "I really need to find a good way to clean my stainless steel." It is her sworn nemesis. :)

  10. What a great idea! I will definitely have to use this on some of my pots & pans!

  11. WOW! The transformation of the stainless steel pan is magnificent. There wasn’t even a single mark of corrosion left! I haven’t tried this before, but I heard from my friends that this solution is really efficient for cleaning. Well, perhaps I’m going to try it later on my tools.

  12. Christina,

    I love your Handy Homemaker Tips, but this one is not HANDY!! Why not use "Bar Keeper's Friend" powdered cleanser on your stainless steel?? Williams Sonoma has it sitting on the shelf right next to the All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware. It is also in my grocery store in the cleanser aisle, it is at Wal-Mart in the cleanser aisle.

    If you kept this near your sink, you would clean your stainless with it as you used it and not wait for "build-up" that causes a special cleaning project.

    Stainless Steel cookware is expensive and an investment, I would take better care of it on a daily basis.

    Additionally, Hydrogen Peroxide is nothing to be messing with.

  13. When you see before and after photos like this, you would really be encouraged to try this out yourself! That’s what I did when I discovered an efficient cleaning method in Pinterest! I just used vinegar and baking soda. The steps were very simple and it really worked! That’s what I always use in cleaning my stainless steel kitchen pieces.

  14. WOW. Fantastic job! I know it can be really tiring and tedious to clean stainless steel appliances and paraphernalia, so it's important to KEEP them clean. It's best to dry them off after washing them to minimize the risk of rusting. Cleaning out small bits of dirt takes a lot less time than waiting to clean a bigger problem, after all!

    -- Kai Tiger

  15. You did a fantastic job in cleaning those stainless steel pans! I also found a great source of cleaning stainless steel sinks here!

  16. The thing I like the most about stainless steel is that they are easy to clean, as much as they are fairly durable. That's why you always have that kind of metal in pots. It is a staple, and is deservedly so. Anyway, thanks for the cleaning those tips and recommendations, Christina!

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising


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