Tips for Cleaning a Stainless Steal Pan

Have you ever had that stubborn, burnt-on mess of a stain in your cooking pans? The kind that won’t budge no matter how much you soak or scrub. The kind that has you searching the internet and eventually calling your mother-in-law about it. Well search no more! I’ve got you covered!

It’s really simple. So simple, in fact,  you are going to want to smack yourself for all the effort you have put into trying to clean the dang thing.

Two simple words: Oven Cleaner.IMG_1343

When my husband and I moved into our first apartment together we only had one pan. The very first time I used that pan, I managed to create a stain so massive that cooking on it would be impossible until I got it off. I tried soaking it over night in three different kinds of soap. I tried vinegar. I tried salt. I tried every kitchen cleaner I had. If someone suggested it ANYWHERE online, I tried it. When I stumbled on some random forum somewhere that suggest oven cleaner, I scoffed. There’s no way. But at this point I had tried everything else and I didn’t and couldn’t admit defeat. We didn’t have anything else to cook with. This had to work. Luckily for me, it works like magic. Seriously. Magic. And the best part is, it doesn’t require any serious effort from you.

Just spray the oven cleaner on the stain. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes depending on how thick the stain is, then wipe clean with a sponge and rinse. If you let it sit long enough, it will wipe away without using any pressure. The spray smell is very strong, and should not be inhaled. Be sure to turn on a fan and spray away from you. Lastly, be sure to wash again with soap and water, either in the dishwasher or by hand to remove all of the oven cleaner from the pan. And there you have it. Just like new.


I have used this trick several times on every surface of the pan. I have yet to find something it can’t remove. Give it a try on your tough stains and let me know how it goes!



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