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I boiled a large amount of water in my Magnalite pot. When I poured the water out there was a horrible "water level" black stain. What happened? How do I get the stain off? Is it safe to cook in this pot after removing the stain?
Barkeeper's Friend is great for cleaning pots.
These pots are mostly aluminum so Bar-Keepers Friend should work. Some people recommend using a teaspoon of bleach with a pot of water but I would not use bleach on aluminum but I do think you can use Cream of Tartar (if you have it).
Try not to leave anything on your pot for more than a few minutes (just while you are cleaning) and then rinse thoroughly as your pot may become pitted if not properly treated. You may have to clean it several times.
I recently overheard someone say they kept the outside of their aluminum cookware shiny by using the polish made for shining truck toolboxes.
Sorry - I forgot to mention that your pot is as safe to cook in as it has ever been. The black should not contaminate your food but it should be cleaned well (dish soap) before using.
I have an oval Magnalite pot. We used it to drain some water from our sink and there was some kind of chemical that leaked into the pot. It was Drano or something of that nature. Can the pot be cleaned in some way to reuse it, or should I dispose of it?
I use to have magnalite pots and pans. They are hard, anodized aluminum. If you cook something with tomato stuff in it (acidic) it should change the pan back to normal.
You could also try scrubbing with some vinegar and see what it does, or try soaking with some vinegar and water. I'd keep checking to see how it was going. When ever aluminum gets dark spots, is usually from alkaline stuff coming in contact with the metal.
Drano and the like is very alkaline. If it's strong enough and left on long enough, it could damage the surface, but I'd try the acidic stuff for a bit. They are nice pans. Now, with stainless, acidic stuff makes the surface darken.
Here are a few things I found just digging around search engine. Hope this helps.
I've had my magnalite pots 14 years now and they still look brand new. I use Cameo Stainless steel cleaner. It's about 97 cents at Walmart. It makes your sink shine awesome too.
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I wash my Magnalite cookware in the dishwasher, using dishwasher powder. This leaves some sort of residue on my pots. When I dry them (I never use the heat dry cycle), the residue leaves a black-silverish stain on the dish towel and you can almost feel the residue when you rub your hand on the outside of the pot. I have to scrub them with Chore Boy after taking them from the dishwasher to get the residue off. The water from the washing is dark silver or black. Am I not supposed to wash my Magnalite in the dishwasher?
Carolyn from Shreveport, LA
Good luck. (10/16/2007)
Yesterday I made a key lime pie using my Wagner Magnalite pot and the acid in the lime juice caused dark "stuff" to come off the pan. I had to throw the pie out as it also tasted odd. I would suggest not cooking anything acidic (citrus, tomatoes) in Magnalite.