How To Clean Stainless Steel Pans

by | Apr 16, 2023 | Kitchen Cleaning

Giving Steel Pans a Spankin’ Clean

Ah, the stainless steel kitchen marvels! Like a double dose of goodness, where ya don’t need to worry about naughty toxins partying in your food. But wait, scrubbing them clean can be a pickle. You want ’em spotless and not scratched, yet the grime seems stuck tighter than superglue. And here you are, soaking them for hours, feeling like a failed wizard trying to undo a stubborn spell!

Fear not, my friends! After countless magical misfires, we’ve found the secret to cleaning those stainless steel bad boys. Ready to hop on this ride?

How’d You Spruce Up Those Steel Pans?


The million-dollar question: how to keep stainless steel pans shinier than Captain Hook’s hook? Two roads diverge here: a quick zap or a full-fledged exorcism. For that new-pan gleam, unleash the deep clean.

Here’s your step-by-step magic spell:

1. Gather Your Wizardly Tools 

Cleaning materials needed

Want to banish charred food from stainless steel pans? Have a rendezvous with deep cleaning. Be warned: time’s a rare gem here. The process takes 30 minutes to an hour, but it’s worth the treasure!

For this enchantment, you need:
– Baking soda
– A huge tin for boiling water and a pan baptism
– Forearm-covering silicone gloves
– An-other-worldly scrubber or-sponge

Everything must be boiling-water-proof, as it dissolves the grime in a jiffy!

2. Heat The H2O

Heating into the water

Cook up that hot stuff in your tin or pan. If you need a separate boiling water pot and pour, that’s chill too. You’ll need enough agua to fully dip your pan and kiss the crusty bits buh-bye.

3. Mix Your Potion

Effective Cleaning Steel Pan Stainless

Now, wielding a ½ cup of baking soda, unleash it into the boiling water. This mildly abrasive, alkaline wizardry weakens the food’s acidic hold, freeing the pan.

4. Dunk Your Pan

Dunk your Pan

Slide that steel into the water. Try to keep the water bubbling gently. If your stove snoozes, let the pan hang out in hot water. Some folks even use tongs or gloves to twist the pan as the water cools. Is it magic? Maybe.

5. Do The Scrub-A-Dub

Scrubbing Stainless Pan

Craving a stainless steel pan exorcism? Here’s the real deal. Floating scraps have surrendered, but now it’s time to scrub when the water’s warm. Be cautious – you don’t want anything abrasive that’ll scar your pan. No roughhousing with steel wool, kapeesh?

The Ultimate Stainless Steel Pan Cleaning Method


Sometimes summoning deeper powers ain’t the way. Regular cleaning charms your pan just fine. Baking soda ain’t everything – fear not, vinegar’s got your back. Some may wonder: “Does vinegar ruin stainless steel pans?” Nope! It’s baking soda’s groovy dance partner!

How to Clean Stainless Steel Pans with Vinegar


Cleaning Pan using vinegar

The drill is familiar, but here’s swapping water-boiling for pan-boiling! When baking soda’s in hiding, vinegar’s your hero.

Gather Your Wizardly Tools
– ½ cup of vinegar
– 3 cups of water
– Scrubber

The Process

1. A half hour of kitchen sorcery, and voila! You decide the water temperature, so it’s all groovy, baby.

2. Put that baby on the stove (preferably a bigger burner). A large flame ensures even heating.

3. Bring 3 cups of water to boil in the pan, and then dump in ½ cup of vinegar. Let that potion get to work on the grisly remnants for about 10 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat, and allow the water to cool before diving in. If not using a sponge, grab a scrubber and loosen up the dirt. 

5. Using a mitt (oven, not baseball!), empty the pan, rinse and reveal the result. Is there any residue left, or did our potion work its magic? Voilà!

You need to do for those pesky stainless steel pans is:

Cleaning pan

1. Let loose a torrent of toasty aqua from that spigot – do it like the duchess of dishwashington! Get in there, scrounge up the gobbledygook of grime, and let it flow away like the tears of a god that just discovered humor.

2. Take, my friends, a humble piece of cloth – fresh from the underbelly of your trusted kitchen drawer! Bestow upon your shimmering pan the favor of your righteous hand-drying prowess!

Cleaning stainless steel pan

And now, ladies, gents, and pals beyond the binary, behold the divine pan-soothing elixir – an exhilarating recipe, indeed!

How To Work Your Pan-Purifying Magic With Plain Ol’ Vinegar And Good-Time Baking Soda!

Cleaning Stainless Steel Pan using baking soda

Eureka! My fellow kitchen adventurers, I present to you the wondrous concoction of baking soda and vinegar to rescue your stainless steel pans from the clutches of crusty grease!

Dive with me into the tantalizing process of pan rehabilitation, shall we?

1. Hailing from a world of warm water, combine one part enchanting baking soda with two parts tantalizing vinegar, and pour this magical potion into your besieged pan.

2. Entertain yourself for a mere 10 minutes as the mystical mixture softens that ironclad grime. A non-abrasive sponge or scrubber shall now lead the charge! Alas, a stubborn foe may require multiple bouts, or perhaps the boiling of our elixir (be cautious and cool it down before diving in ).

3. Marvel at the similar sorcery powering myriad cleaning mixtures, their acidulous essence vanquishing your greasy adversaries. Fear not, lemon juice valiantly achieves the same noble goal.

For scrubbers that complement your stainless steel pans in this grand battle, heed my recommendations:

Shun the Steel Wool

Ah, the siren song of the ubiquitous steel wool sponge! Tread carefully, for their green-backed armor may leave your pan’s surface wounded. Instead, seek out sponges sans rough exteriors, even if they may not withstand the rigors of battle as well.

Steel wool
Dish Brush

Dish Brush With Handle: The True Hero

Behold! The champion of scrubbers, a dish brush with firm and non-abrasive bristles! Its mighty handle keeps your hand a safe distance from scorching waters, whilst ensuring the plastic remains far from succumbing to the heated abyss. Avoid any deceptive steel wool hidden in its midst like a villain in disguise.

So, my valiant cleansers, embark on this quest to vanquish baked-on grease, equipped with our phenomenal potion and trusty scrubbing steed! Onward!

Microfiber Marvels

Gadzooks! Wrap your mitts around a microfiber rag-a-muffin for the gentlest caress. Smoother than a velvet hug, it’s more of a dabber than a scrubber, but hey, it won’t scratch your pan! Pair it with a hands-on approach, and you’ve got yourself a two-step tango to squeaky clean-ville.


If you would like to clean not only pans but also pots,  our other blog on how to clean pots and pans like a pro will help you to cope with these dirty friends.

Is It Time? No, It’s a Teapot.

Greasy wrongdoers, begone! With a pinch of tender love and a dash of impassioned care (hold the love, extra care) – voila! There are homegrown heroes lurking in your cupboards, ready and able to extinguish those sticky, acidic stains. Meet the dazzling duo: vinegar and baking soda, sweeping into the rescue!

Summon space, heat, and alchemy! Boil with water and watch these enchanting elements transform your pan – though warm water can also unlock the spell. A rinse, a repeat, a jig, a leap, and… presto! Your pan shines anew.

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