Ask yourself how many times this has happened to you: You open your dishwasher expecting to find perfectly clean stainless steel pots and pans. Instead, you end up finding pots that have little white spots all over the place. Often this is because of calcium buildup or other mineral deposits on the cooking gear. Removing calcium deposits is a fairly simple matter. Here are some of the best ways that you can remove calcium deposits from your cookware.
These methods work well for most types of calcium deposits. However, there is a time when this won't work. In those situations it is because the metal has become pitted from use. There isn't a whole lot that a person can do to restore a damaged stainless steel pot or pan once it has become physically damaged. The best way to handle this is to prevent it from happening in the first place. You do this by being careful when using salt in your cooking. Only add salt to water after it has stopped boiling. Believe it or not, this is going to greatly reduce the chances of having a pot or pan that becomes pitted.
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N 12 Oct 2016, 00:20
Just tried the 50/50 water and vinegar idea in my stainless steel pan. The inside of the saucepan pan was coated with white deposits from using it to heat up well water.
Worked great! Thank you Lee. Now we have a new water filter and I'm hoping the pan stays clean!
Bobby Thottum 11 Jul 2016, 09:42
Thanks, for the detailed explanation of how to get rid of Calcification on cooking vessels, and also for the tip on how to care for Stainless Steel utensils.
I have one suggestion, which I am certain is followed by all, immediately after your meal, rinse or soak the utensil before the left over food muck dries up. This way you wont need to scrub a lot and waste a lot of time and also spoil the mirror finish of your stainless steel utensil.
Sivert 27 Mar 2016, 21:54
Thank you! This is the kind of suggestion and hint I needed!
Bless youwr heart!
Maya 24 Oct 2015, 17:16
I own several MasterClad cookware and was devastated when I saw calcium build up on them! Thank You so much for the tip. Vinegar and Water did the trick. I did what as advised and calcium is now gone. YaY!! Thanks again!
evelyn 21 Oct 2015, 21:39
Bar Keepers Friend is made to clean stainless steel, it is not abrasive, use with regular soft sponge and rinse well, dry immediately so there are no water spots. My set is over 20 years old and still looks new, even the pots used every day. Tip from Grandma is to wash or at least rinse as soon as done with pan, do not let sit with food residue on pot. Hot pot + hot water = easy removing gunk with little effort.
Jim 06 Oct 2015, 22:06
If you don't add salt it won't raise the temperature at what the water boils at