How do you clean stains off the bottoms of your pans? Mine have brown stains from years of cooking and of course, from others in the house trying to cook. Thanks for any information.
Yankgirl from Florida
I've found that Barkeepers isn't very effective for seriously old stains. I'm a retired carpenter and inherited a Revere-Wear coffee pot from my Mom. She kept hers spotless, of course. Me? Not so much. When I decided to clean it up I used steel wool, available in any good hardware store -- generally in three grades.
Start with coarse and then polish the stainless steel surface with medium and fine. That procedure worked on the copper-clad bottom too. The main ingredient involved is "elbow grease"!
Zud - the best! I bought garage sale pots that were badly abused with oil etc. cooked on. A little elbow grease and Zud got them looking very nice. I use Zud daily to keep my Belkraft and Cordon Bleu cookware like new. Do not use an abrasive scrubber that will scratch. I just use old socks or my homemade scrubbers crocheted out of netting. (also posted on Thrifty Fun) I also use Zud to clean my corelle cooktop so I know it is gentle on stainless steel cookware. Also, scrub with the grain of the cookware - that would most likely be in a circular pattern.
If you don't want to have to buy something put ketchup on the bottom and let it sit till it gets hard. Scrub off, then wash. :D
You find bar keepers friend on the cleaning aisle section in walmart - bottom shelf for us. It's a tall gold bottle like comet and ajax come in. (06/04/2005)
It's by the windex, toilet bowl cleaning products. Also a lot of Grocery Stores carry it now. I've seen it at Bed Bath & Beyond. It's the best cleaner you'll ever use. I swear by it! It cleans fiberglass, glass, tile, copper bottoms, stainless steel, brass beautifully. Give it a go. I know you'll love it! Practically odorless too!
Jennifer J. CA (06/07/2005)