Homemaking with Hallee: Cleaning Stainless Steel
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Cleaning Stainless Steel
I have a set of Calphalon pans that I L-O-V-E. I don’t know how I ever cooked without them. They are stainless steel and SO easy to clean. But, the instructions that came with the pan warned against using any kind of metallic cleaning pad (like Brillo pads) on them.
Unfortunately, my daughter Kaylee started cooking something then completely forgot it was on the stove. She burned the bottom of the pan terribly, and all the elbow grease in the world wasn’t getting it up.
I decided that the pan was already ruined, so whatever I did was a trial.
Since salt softens water, I boiled some salt in the pan, hoping to soften the water enough to break up the burned bottom. It worked to an extent, but not completely perfectly. Some burn still remained.
Knowing that baking soda is abrasive without being abrasive (figure that one out! ha!) I liberally sprinkled the bottom of the pan with baking soda and scrubbed.
The pan ended up being as shiny and clean as the day I took it out of the box.
There seem to be absolutely no after-affects of the burn, either – the pan still works wonders.
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