Day 10 – Clean the Saucepan Experiment

Today I did a job I have been wanting to do for a few years – yes, years! When we lived in Italy, decades ago, we acquired a set of stainless steel saucepans, which last forever. But they do get grubby over time with that burnt on stuff that is impossible to get off. Well, almost impossible.

I decided to try out a few different cleaning products and smothered a section of the pot in a paste of each one and left them for about 10 minutes before attempting to clean each area. I tried Chemico, Jif, baking soda with a little water and sugar soap, which was a liquid. None of them really worked but the Chemico had a slight edge so I used it together with steel wool. Unfortunately, I have no magic tip to give you here to get your saucepans clean. This took almost two hours of solid elbow grease to get it to the final state. but I would love someone to give me a tip on how to use steel wool without wrecking my nails.

One down, two to go. I am never ever going to let my saucepans get into that state again.


  1. Bar Keepers Friend is just what you need to clean the gunk off of stainless steel or enamel pots and pans. Don’t know if you can get it overseas but here in America I swear by it.

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