How to Clean Cookware and Servingware

Cleaning Stainless Steel

  • Stainless steel requires little special care. It is dishwasher-safe, but if you wash it by hand, dry it promptly to prevent water spots.

  • Letting a pot boil over high heat for a long period of time will discolor stainless steel.

  • Storing the cookware stacked with other pots and pans may cause surface scratches.

  • To polish stainless steel, sprinkle baking soda on the wet surface of a pan, and scrub the metal with a synthetic scouring pad. Caution: Wear rubber gloves. After rinsing and drying, the pan will be bright as new.

From cutting boards to spoons, wood can be found throughout your kitchen. Learn how to best clean this surface on the next page.