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Removing Stains on a Stainless Steel Pan

I fell asleep on the couch shortly after I'd put water on to boil in a Revere Ware saucepan. It's somewhat discolored, usable, but discolored. Any ideas on how to get it shinier? I also, have a frying pan with the same discoloration. It's old, but still usable.


By the way, to get copper bottomed sauce and frying pans clean, there's a great product named Penny Brite by a company called EZ Brite here in Westlake, OH. Website is The paste really works wonders. The frying pan I mentioned above was my mother's and I've had it at least since the 80's and she had it for years before that. Penny Brite makes it look great at least on the outside.

The inside has seen many a meal. It's still very usable, but the metal has kind of a bluish tint to it. In other words, the metal in it has somewhat discolored. Anyway, any help anyone can provide would be appreciated.

By Judy from Willoughby, OH

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

Pour some white vinegar in the pan and add some table salt and rub with a cloth or sponge and it should take care of the blue tint on the stainless steel.

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

Barkeeper Friend is a mildly abrasive powder that cleans nearly any metal.

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July 9, 20100 found this helpful

Catsup. For the outside of the pan on copper bottom on burns etc. rub it on, let it sit a little, then using a sponge or damp cloth, start rubbing off any leftover stains. I'm not sure about discoloration on the inside though.

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July 10, 20100 found this helpful

Pampered Chef makes a stainless pot & pan cleaner which works very well. We have well water & whether that is why my ss pots stain or what, I don't know but this product works. The last bottle I bought cost $9.95.

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July 10, 20100 found this helpful

When I burn food in my pans and can't get it out I spray them with Easy Off Oven cleaner - fume free and it works cold not in a hot oven. You could also use their other product for Bar-B-Q grills. Let the pan sit overnight and then wipe it clean with a paper towel the next day. This has worked on stains too.

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July 12, 20100 found this helpful

I've found a wonderful product called Bar Keeper's Friend and it is great for cleaning all my stainless steel posts and pans. I also use it to clean my sink. Good Luck.

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