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How to Clean and Remove Stains from Stainless-Steel Cookware

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 1998

You don't need much more than this can of cleanser to scrub the stains away.

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Over time, stainless-steel cookware can develop brown stains that appear to be cooked onto their interiors and exteriors. These stains can be difficult, if not impossible to remove, with typical household cleaners. Is there a solution to this problem?

Some editors here have had the same problem with stainless-steel cookware. We called All-Clad about it, and they recommended Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser and polish, available nationwide in large grocery, hardware, or discount stores. We bought a can and will attest to its efficacy. Discolored stainless-steel pans that we thought were permanently marred came clean with just light scrubbing.