It is a misnomer that stainless steel should be called “stainless”. Anyone who has used stainless steel pots and pans would know that after repeated use, you will get rainbow stains on the bottom. These cloudy discoloration can be a result of a combination of high heat from your stove and food residue being stuck to the steel.
Here is a kitchen knack which I have discovered online and it works pretty well for me.
I use this WMF stainless steel wok for daily stir fry and it is one of my favourite. It has several stains on the bottom and it looks really horrible. No amount of scrubbing will get the stains off.
Now here comes the trick. This is heavily endorsed by a lot of online folks. You can check out youtube for videos how to use it. Unfortunately, I have not found it on sale anywhere in Singapore. I ordered it online from http://www.iherb.com and it costs SGD 4.19 for 12 oz (340g). I didn’t receive any sponsorship for endorsing this product – but I will still write this anyway because it is such a good product.
Sprinkle a little bar keeper friend and add a few drops of water. Rub the paste in circular motion with a clean tissue. After a few rubs, rinse off with water.
Viola! I am always amazed by the outcome of this transformation. The stainless steel wok has a mirror finish to it and looks like new. However, you may want to do a small test spot to see if it works on yours before you spread the paste onto the whole area – it is mildly abrasive and may scratch certain surfaces if you are not careful.
It can also be used to descale the stainless steel bottoms of milk bottle sterilisers and electric kettles. It makes everything look new again.
I have been recommending this product to many of my friends and colleagues. You should give it a try too!