The Perfect Way to Clean Stainless-Steel Pans Without Scrubbing Them

Dec 28, 2020 10:35 PM EST | By Josh Summers (

Here’s How you can Clean Stainless-Steel Pans Without Scrubbing them.
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Cookware is one of the integral tools needed in a kitchen and most of you might have stainless steel pans. 

Stainless steel pans are a great companion when you are preparing for a feast. According to The Spruce Eats, stainless-steel pans do a great job in making the beautiful browning of the food that is usually done when you are searing protein on your cookware.

The Spruce Eats also stated that as long as the pan has no heatproof material, then stainless-steel pans are good to go on the oven from your stovetop. 

However, the nightmare starts when you need to wash the cookware that you have used when you prepared your dinner. Burnt marks might be on the pan that will take too much time and effort. 

Why Not Scrub your Stainless-Steel Pans?

Usually, people result in scrubbing the pan which is not very ideal.

In an interview with The New York Times' Wirecutter, professor of materials science and engineering from Alfred University, Scott Misture says that scrubbing will not only damage the cookware permanently but food can also get stuck in the pits or crevices from scrubbing which makes it more challenging to clean in the future. 

This makes us clear that scrubbing should not be done, that is why here are some tips you can do to clean your stainless-steel pans without scrubbing them. 

Real Simple shares a cleaning method that can lessen the burden of scrubbing just be prepared with your wooden spatula or spatula, Long-handled nylon dish brush, soft sponge, silicon pan scraper, baking soda, and dish soap. 

Read also: Is Ceramic Cookware Better than Nonstick?

Yahoo! News also shares the same sentiment and notes the following procedure.

  • Remove the cooked food from the pan then put the pan back on the burner turning on the heat. When a drop of water sizzles, Yahoo! News notes to put a cup of water. 
  • Real Simple adds that utilizing the wooden spoon or spatula, scrape away all the burnt residue of the food.
  • Turn off the heat and add a dish soap then use the long-handled brush to remove any residue then transfer the pan to the sink, scrub the pan using a sponge with warm and soapy water, then rinse. 

Stubborn marks

Now, if there are still stubborn marks, Webstaurant Store mentions the following steps to remove them in your shining stainless-steel pan. According to them, people may use baking soda and vinegar. 

  • Webstaurant Store instructs to fill the pan with water then add a cup of vinegar a bring them to a boil. 
  • Once the mixture is boiling remove from the heat and add two tablespoons of baking soda, mix them gently then empty the pan. 
  • They note that using a non-abrasive sponge or scrubber to remove any remaining residue. 

These are only some tips on how to clean your stainless-steel pans. Remember that taking care of the pans will last them longer and prevent getting so much from your budget. 

Related article: 7 Ways You're Shortening the Life of Your Non-Stick Pan

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