Use a soft cloth or sponge and lots of hot, soapy water to clean stainless steel cookware. If the cookware has stubborn, stuck-on food or grease, use a nonscratching powdered cleanser such as Bar Keepers Friend or Cameo. Never use chlorine bleach or ammonia to clean stainless steel, as this causes the metal to discolor.Continue Reading
Before using any detergent or cleanser, rinse the cookware under hot water to remove any loose material. This softens any remaining food and grease.
Soak a sponge or soft cloth in hot water, and then add some dishwashing liquid. Partly fill the cookware with hot water, and then scrub the inside and the outside with the soapy sponge or cloth.
If food remains stuck to the cookware, use a nonscratching cleanser to remove it. Dump the soapy water out of the pan, and rinse the sponge or cloth. Pour a little bit of hot water into the pan, and shake in a few teaspoons of cleanser. Rub the cleanser over the stuck-on food.
When the cookware is clean, dump out any dirty water. Rinse the cookware thoroughly inside and out until all traces of soap and cleanser are gone. Dry the cookware with a clean towel, or allow it to air dry.