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Simple Stainless Steel Cookware Care Guide

Stainless steel cookware care is essential for any kitchen, as they are strong enough to handle the daily frying, boiling, and sautéing that come with cooking delicious meals. However, despite its strength and durability, proper care is still important if you want your stainless steel cookware in tip-top shape!

In this blog post, I’m going to take you through the basics of stainless steel cookware maintenance so you can enjoy your go-to pans and pots each time they grace your stovetop. Whether you’re a novice or a long-time chef looking for some home-cooking tips on maintaining stainless steel cookware—you’ll be sure to find something helpful here!

Advantages of Using Stainless Steel Cookware

For all looking for chef’s essentials out there, Stainless Steel cookware should be your go-to! Not only is stainless steel durable, but it can also take the heat like a champion. Plus, they’re light to carry and easy to clean.

Plus plus, you won’t worry about corrosion or discoloration if you season it properly. With proper care, your cookware is sure to last a lifetime! So no more worrying that your pasta sauce is going to stick. All this with little to no effort – what a win-win situation!

So now you know why Stainless Steel cookware should be at the top of your grocery list; it really is the number one pan option for stellar meals every time.

Stainless Steel Cookware Care

1. Don’t let your stainless steel cookware sit in water.

If you’ve ever let your pots and pans soak in the sink overnight, you know that they can develop spots by morning. Water is one of the worst enemies of stainless steel, so it’s important to dry it off as soon as possible. Use a soft cloth to wipe down your cookware after washing, and be sure to dry it completely before storing it away.

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2. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.

Stainless steel is a tough material, but it’s not indestructible. Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners can damage the finish, so it’s best to stick to gentle, non-abrasive cleaners. If you’re looking for a natural option, white vinegar is a great choice. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water, and use it to wipe down your cookware.

3. Don’t use metal utensils on your cookware.

While stainless steel is a durable material, it can still scratch easily. To avoid damaging the surface of your cookware, use wooden or plastic utensils instead of metal ones. Not only will this help to keep your cookware looking its best, but it will also prevent scratches residue from transferring onto your food.

4. Be careful when cooking with high heat.

If you’re using stainless steel cookware on the stovetop, be sure to use moderate heat. High heat can cause the metal to warp, which can ruin the shape of your pots and pans. Additionally, it can also cause the formation of hotspots, which can make cooking evenly difficult

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Washing cookware with Detergent

Washing with detergent is an essential part of cleaning cookware, but it’s never been very fun. It usually takes forever; your hands get all pruney from being in the water for so long and need some serious recovery afterward.

That’s why I like to use a good soup sud mixture which should cause lots of bubbles and then add a good soft yet firm wash rag.  Also, add a bit of music and dance moves as I do to my chore time! Nothing jazzes up a boring old sink scrub like some tunes and energetic grooves.

Not only do you clean, but you also have a good time doing it too – I call that balance.

stainless steel cookware care with Vinegar and Water

Cleaning stainless steel cookware with vinegar(for an extra kick use vinegar & bicarb[1] ) and water has become my ‘thing as it’s proven to work the best.’ Whenever my family sees me armed with that classic 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water and a sponge, they clear out of the kitchen (or it’s the smell).

It’s almost like this is my moment of Zen or something, liberating each pan from the remnants of our meals gone by. I don’t know what it is about it that I’ve come to love; maybe I’m a soldier in the war against slow and sticky grease build-up.

In any event, cleaning stainless steel cookware with vinegar and water always gets the job done, and I’m forever in debt for that.

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Prevention of Rust on stainless steel cookware

This PFOA and PTFE-free cookware is pretty sturdy stuff but you don’t want it to start rusting in your kitchen. Thankfully, caring for this kind of cookware is pretty easy and effortless with a few simple steps!

  • All you need to do is make sure that after cooking, the cookware should be washed immediately with warm water, dishwashing liquid, or vinegar solution and dried thoroughly.
  • To avoid rusting, you should also avoid leaving damp clothes on the cookware as this could cause it to corrode.
  • Also keep away from acidic ingredients such as tomatoes, lemon juice, and vinegar if possible – these can be very damaging if left sitting in or on stainless steel cookware for too long.

With a little bit of upkeep and attention, your stainless steel cookware will stay looking shiny and new for a long time!


Now that you know how to take care of your stainless steel cookware, put it to good use! Get those steaks sizzling or that chicken roasting. And if you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact me.  I am always happy to help out fellow home cooks, no matter what their level of experience is. Happy cooking!

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Charlene Gallant

Charlene is a lover of good food. She enjoys nothing more than cooking up a storm in the kitchen and sharing her favourite recipes with her readers. She also enjoys reading a good book.

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