Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cleaning Stainless Steel Sheet Pans

Okay, I know if I kept up at this, it would be less of a problem.  But I confess, I am not good at that.  I have thus had many frustrating attempts at cleaning them due to my neglect.

This is one of the corners of gunk.

I have tried hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, cream of tarter, vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap, dishwasher soap (powdered and liquid), steel wool (aka Brillo), salt....etc.  I have also tried SAFE combinations of these.  (ALWAYS know for a FACT that chemical are safe before mixing homemade cleaners). 

Even with all of these, most have not had a significant effect on cleaning this baked on gunk.  Also, I do not use cooking sprays which make the problem much worse.  I still get some of it over time.

I do know putting a splash of ammonia in a bag and tying it up tight for a few hours, preferably in the hot sun will work well.  Commercial oven cleaner will work.  But I would prefer not to kill myself chemically.

Last night on a whim I tried rubbing alcohol.  Hello, new trick!!  It worked great.  It was not perfect, some of the worst areas still need a little more work.  But I suspect a little longer of a soak and it would be a non-issue.  When I put the alcohol on the pans, I let them soak for a couple hours at most.  So all in all, it worked well.  Some of the yellow gunk areas that weren't as bad, just wiped off fast and with little effort.  Other areas took more scrubbing.  I did still use the steel wool in combination with the alcohol. 

My arm and shoulder really hurt when I was done, but I had also spent a lot of time trying other methods which failed.  Once I started on the rubbing alcohol, the job was SOOO much easier.  Still not what I would call a total breeze, but a lot more manageable.  The more time you can soak them, the better. 

Also you can saturate a cloth in alcohol and leave it on a bad area so you can use less and focus your efforts if need be.

This is where is was trying cream of tarter and vinegar on the pan on the left.  The pan on the right had dishwasher liquid on it. (not the handwashing stuff, but the stuff for your actual dishwasher)  Both failed on this miserably.

This pic is where I first tried the rubbing alcohol and let it soak a few minutes.  That much came off fairly easily.  What is left behind was the meaner gunk that took more soaking and some elbow grease.

This was when I finished.  As you can probably see, it was not 100% perfect, but pretty good overall.  All in all, I would say rubbing alcohol rivals ammonia for cleaning pans.  It is still some powerful stuff and hard on your hands, but personally I feel safer with it.  Of course, do use it in a ventilated area as well.


7 comments:

  1. Like the new background.what's your email if you don't care

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    1. Thanks I wanted to simplify it a bit. I might add a pic at the top later, but for now I wanted it a little less 'busy'. My email is emcdonie@hotmail.com

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  2. Wow! Those look great!! :) I have the same pans and they look like your original photo's. I'm going to have to try the alcohol on them! Thanks sharing your experiment!
    Blessings
    Shellie

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  3. Stainless Steel CleaningThank you for sharing this is very nice post please keep continue we are waiting for more

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  4. I would like to extend a few words on the working progress of stainless steel decorative Sheets in India.

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  5. Most major restaurant have the same thing, its not a health issue or all the restaurants would be shut down by now.
    I wouldn't worry about the pans that have this on the outside.
    Even my Pyrex glass backing dishes have it, the little there was disappeared with an overnight soak in bleach water, but thsts glass, not metal and I would not try it on metal!
    Its backed on, almost impossible to get rid of, even my silicone backing pan bottom, (you buy them rolled up, go in or on the bottom of the pan to prevent burned cookies). The light oil stained my silicon, nothing will getnit off, ever, but its clean and I'm not buying a new one everytime I cook.
    Learn to live with your well used pans, please, save yourself the work.

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  6. I tried using a ball of foil to scrub the pans one time. That worked pretty well. Still, I agree with Wireless. Phil , spotless pans are not worth the extra time and work. I just clean them with dish soap and water now. I am happy with my well used pans.

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