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Best way to remove burned oil stains from stainless frypan?

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I'd use EasyOff, but I heard that's not good to use, although I don't know why. What product would best remove these burned oil stains on my stainless frypan?

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  1. I think you might try sprinkling the spots with baking soda and spraying them lightly with water (I suggest spraying because too much water just washes the soda away). Or you can just make a paste of soda and water and spread it on the spots. Leave it a while (several hours, but not until the water dries and only the powder remains), then scrub with the plastic side of your sponge. Let us know how this works. My son-in-law once burned canola oil onto my stainless frypan and worried that it would never come off, but it did eventually just with routine washing.

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    1. re: Marsha

      We've had great success with baking soda on our stainless steel-aluminum pans. I didn't have any Barkeeper's Friend around (and wasn't sure if it's enviro-friendly or not) so I pulled out the ubiquitous (in my house)baking soda. I had to do some scrubbing, but it worked like a charm.

    2. I've had good results with Dawn Power Dissolver. Making a paste with Barkeepers Friend can also be effective.

      1. Barkeeper's Friend together with vigorous scrubbing with a steel wool pad always work for me.

        1. Easy Off or Down Power Dissolver will be best and no scrubbing and sratching. What you don't want to use either product on is annodized aluminum, like Calphalon. It will ruin the surface.

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          1. re: Candy

            I always use no-fumes oven cleaner on my stainless & enamel pots or glass baking dishes & casserols. It works beautifully & doesn't scratch them.

            1. re: Taralli

              Was looking for something else entirely and came across my brochure for All-Clad. With reference to cleaning the interior, "DO NOT USE [their caps] oven cleaners or cleansers with chlorine bleach. DO NOT USE steel wool." As for the exterior: "We do not recommend using steel wool, steel scouring pads or harsh detergents. Nylon scrubbing pads are safe to use."

              1. re: JoanN

                Just saw the warning on the web; however, have found oven cleaner to work just fine so far. I usually set the pans outside on newpaper, spray copiously, let sit & rinse w/warm water & soft cloth. If sc doesn't get everything, I go over with nylon net ball or reapply oven cleaner & do it again.

                1. re: Taralli

                  Now why would All-Clad recommend against using oven cleaner if it's just stainless? Do they think it will eat away at it and get down to the Al core or something? I don't see why I shouldn't use oven cleaner, which works quite well.

                  1. re: Yahi

                    Can't answer that question; the brochure doesn't say. What it DOES say is "Use a fine powder cleanser with water to form a paste. Apply paste using a soft cloth. Rub in a circular motion from the center outward. Wash in hot soapy water, dry immediately."

                    Sounds to me like they're recommending Barkeeper's Friend which, purely coincindentally, is what I use anyway.

          2. If you are very, very careful (it's nasty stuff) AND if you can find it DIABLO CARBON KLEEN - "Removes baked-on Grease & Carbon from Metal surfaces, Brick & Glass!" This stuff always works but I don't use it on my anodized Calphalon. It works great on SS Wolff Range and SS and Al cookware.

            I buy this wonder stuff at a restaurant supply store in 1 gallon cans for $39.15 +tax. They also have it in 1 quart cans.

            Use gloves and eye protection to protect from splatter!

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            1. re: sel

              "If you are very, very careful (it's nasty stuff)...Use gloves and eye protection"

              I like to have clean and sparkling cookware but there's a point where one should stop. Having dangerous, industrial chemical products in the home is a very bad idea. If Barkeepers Friend doesn't get it perfect, don't worry, it's a kitchen after all, not a museum. Better to live with a few stains than risk harming yourself or others.

              1. re: sel

                I believe Diablo Carbon-Kleen and another product called Sokoff are forms of some buffered acid cleaners.

                I have used both with great success and you are correct in the use of protection. I got some splatter on my upper wrist and it hurt like like the dickens.

              2. Barkeepers Friend is what you need.

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                1. re: Tugboat

                  Works for me everytime. If the grease is really baked on (a la Zuni chicken), I sometimes pre-soak the pan in hot water mixed with detergent, then use Barkeeper's Friend.

                2. TOOTHPASTE! So far i tried colgate whitening and crest pro health, with lots of elbow grease and a scrubby sponge....! Takes awhile, but seems to work and is healthier than oven cleaner plus you can have clean teeth after meals now (j/k) !

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                  1. re: limesparks

                    Hey, not so fast in giving oven cleaner (lye) a bad reputation! (LOL) I love Pretzels (pate fermente), so please see link below.


                  2. I know this is an old post but yesterday I had good results with this method. I have an old 12" stainless steel griddle with a copper core. Used it last evening with olive oil. Removed the food from the pan & didn't turn off the heat. When I discovered it it was coated with brown cooked on gunk. I know you shouldn't use abrasives or oven cleaners. This is what I did.

                    1) Poured water into the hot pan & while it was boiling I used a plastic scraper to scrape off what I could--my scraper was a non-stick safe turner. When I couldn't scrape off any more, I

                    2) Added enough powdered laundry detergent, containing enzymes, to make a thick paste. (Gain or Tide BTW either are the greatest heavy duty cleaners & cheap)

                    3. Let it soak for a bit then heated the pan up, those detergents work best in hot water, & scraped some more.

                    4) After several hours of soaking repeated step 3, until it no longer seemed productive.

                    5) Put the hot pan in the sink under hot running tap water & scraped until the gunk was a thin layer.

                    6) Last step. I added a generous amount of baking soda to the pan with just enough water to dampen it then used a wet paper towel & rubbed the remaining gunk.

                    It all came off with no scratching. If the pan had been worse(but hard to imagine) I would have continued soaking with fresh water & detergent.