Clean Stainless Steel Pots with Dish Soap
Stainless steel pots and pans can become stained and charred after a period of use. Even other stainless steel utensils in the kitchen, such as spoons, ladles, and steamer trays, can develop yellow stains if left unused for too long. Using dish soap alone may not always produce the best results in cleaning these stains. To effectively remove these stubborn stains, you need to add two additional ingredients to the dish soap.
Combine dish soap with baking soda and white vinegar.
First, find the largest pot or pan that you have to contain the homemade cleaning solution and have enough space to soak the items. In this pot, add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 bottle of white vinegar, dish soap, and enough water to cover the stainless steel items. Then, place the stainless steel items that need to be cleaned into the water and heat it until it boils.
Boiling the mixture helps clean the dirt and grime effectively without requiring much scrubbing time. After the water has boiled, you can turn off the heat and let the items soak in the pot. Once the water has cooled down, take out the items and use a dishcloth to wipe and scrub the surfaces. By doing this, your stainless steel pots, pans, and utensils will be clean and shiny.
For stubborn stains, you can mix baking soda and vinegar with a little water and pour it into the mixture of water that was previously boiled for about 5 minutes. This will help remove the stubborn stains effectively.
Use Dishwashing Tablet/Powder
Soak the pot in 1-2 liters of boiling water and add a dishwashing tablet/powder (the type used for dishwashers). For pots with light stains, you can soak them for 1-2 hours. For pots with long-standing stains, it’s better to soak them overnight.
After soaking in water with dishwashing tablet mixed, the stains will quickly loosen and become easy to scrub.
The dishwashing tablet or powder for dishwashers contains oxygenating agents. These agents are effective in cleaning burnt, greasy residues that have accumulated over time.
You can use dishwashing tablets or powders from any brand. Just soak your pots and pans in water mixed with this type of cleaning agent, and they will become clean.