How to clean stainless steel pans with vinegar?

by Abby

My stainless steel pans could use a good cleaning. How do I clean stainless steel pans with vinegar?

  15 answers
  • MBG MBG on Dec 31, 2017

    I heat vinegar to simmering in the pan. It will eat away at the sooty mess. Will make the house smell like vinegar, though.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 01, 2018

    I like to heat up baking soda and vinegar. Then I scrub and the burn comes right off!

  • Helen Trippe Helen Trippe on Jun 25, 2018

    You could try boiling 1 cup of vinegar and one teaspoon of baking soda fill pot with water half way then add vinegar and baking soda while cold. put on flame on simmer and simmer for about 20 mins allow to cool. and then scrape the bottom of pan with a plastic type spoon.

  • SandyG SandyG on Jan 09, 2018

    I like to use water, baking soda and a bit of vinegar and let it sit for 1-2 hours. You can also put on the stove top with low heat to help loosen burnt on food.

  • Andra Andra on Apr 30, 2018

    Rather than spending extra money on those cleansers designed specifically for stainless steel, vinegar, baking soda, and aluminum foil balls work great! Pour vinegar and place the foil piece in the pan. Add some baking soda. Swirl the pan around so that baking soda gets evenly distributed. While the solution is bubbling, gently rub the stain with the foil. Don't use too much pressure so you can avoid scratching the pan's surface.

  • Judy Ferrell Judy Ferrell on May 16, 2017

    boil water and vinegar to remove stuck on food. if you need to really scrub the outside use vinegar and baking soda in a paste. You can use the same paste to scrub the inside but need to rinse really well.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Oct 04, 2017

    I used to work in a kitchen professionally and this is one thing we learn immediately, and the other is how to prevent or limit burned oil on cookware ;) To remove this put a squirt of dish soap (I use blue Dawn now) in your pan and add 1 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of vinegar, Gently stir until it is all mixed then add enough water to bring it almost to the top. Turn the heat on low and let this stuff come to a medium simmer for at least 10-15 minutes. Allow to sit until luke warm, and use a wooden spoon or wooden spatula (or a plastic one) and try to scrape the burnt oil off. It should come off. Drain it and scrub with your dish rag, using the plastic or wooden spatula for help when needed. If it doesn't all come off, rinse well, and do it over again. As far as prevention is concerned, do NOT use spray oils, and keep a close eye on the foods as they cook. If you see the side or bottom beginning to burn, scrape it off as soon as you can (grab that wooden spoon LOL). Once you remove the pan from the heat, and it has cooled down, put water in it with vinegar and turn the fire on to low and get it simmered off. Good Luck, and thank you for asking HOMETALK about how to get burned grease off stainless steel. :)

  • Judy Sakai Judy Sakai on Oct 05, 2017

    I burnt oil in my stainless pan. It was way worse than yours and this is what I did: Sprinkle baking soda on it and spray it with a mixture of vinegar and castile soap and warm water. Let it sit overnight, spray again and scrub with non-scratching scrubber. Should come right off AND it's non-toxic!

  • Lorri Doyle Lorri Doyle on Feb 04, 2019

    I clean my stainless steel pots and pans with baking soda and vinegar. Soak in blue dawn for a few minutes, empty and use paper towel to remove loose debris, rinse then sprinkle with baking soda, scrub with scratch-free scrubber, add a little vinegar, scrub vinegar over baking soda, then rinse, your pan will shine like new, then wash. Your pan with burnt popcorn residue will take some scrubbing. Get an Air Popper to make popcorn, Walmart has one for less than $20.00.

  • Granjo Granjo on Oct 20, 2016
    Dampen burnt areas and cover with baking soda--let stand over night--works great on stainless steel Patience is the key--if the area is stained after rinsing the baking soda off, rub with a piece of terri cloth towel soaked in vinegar to remove the heat stains.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 13, 2018

    Sprinkle baking soda on the pan top or bottom, then pour a little vinegar on and let the pan soak a while. Have a bowl of half vinegar, half water and a squirt of Dawn handy. Use an aluminum grill scrubber or just a wadded up piece of aluminum foil dipped in the bowl to scrub the baking sheet. When one side is shined, flip the pan over and repeat the steps. This should clean most pans to clean as new. Best wishes ☺️

  • I answered your question in another spot but you could try vinegar with baking soda. I find that doesn't work as well as suggested. Try Bar Keeper's Friend or TSP substitute.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 02, 2021

    Make a paste with baking soda and vinegar and cover the pan where the problem area is with the paste. Let set several hours and it will come right off.

  • Just combine half a cup plain white vinegar and 3 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Then turn off the heat allow it to soak in and cool. Make use of soft cloth or sponge, scrub the inside of the pot until stains are no longer visible.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 13, 2022

    Step 1

    After cooking, set the pan aside and let it cool down before washing. Avoid placing the hot pan in the water while it is hot as that may cause it to warp.

    Step 2

    Once cool, wash with soap and warm water. This method is solely for pans that have little or no stain marks. If your pan has little or light stains after you are done with your cooking, the warm water and soap will remove any light stain.

    Step 3

    Should you notice any stuck food on the pan’s surface, you can use a scouring abrasives pad to remove them.

    Step 4

    After washing and rinsing it, dry the stainless steel pad immediately to prevent water spots from appearing. (You can use a towel or cloth to clean the pan after sprinkling baking soda all around it and rinsing. This will remove the spots.)