How to clean scorch marks on stainless steel

A few minutes of distraction at the stove and burning food and grease can scorch the surfaces of your stainless steel cookware or appliances. Once you notice the scorch marks on the stainless steel, you need to remove them immediately to prevent the black scorch marks from permanently marring your stainless steel. You can restore the stainless steel at home with items that have in your pantry. Stainless steel needs to be cleaned regularly to keep appliances and cookware in good condition.

Remove loose debris and dirt from the area with a damp washcloth. This will allow you to treat the area directly without any interference.

Add 2 tbsp of liquid dish soap to a bowl. Add 1 qt. of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the solution.

Scrub the area with the washcloth. Repeat the process to remove the majority of the stain. If remnants of the burn marks remain, you can clean it with baking soda.

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a container. Dampen a washcloth and dip it into the baking soda. Apply the baking soda to the scorch mark with the grain of the stainless steel. Rub the scorched area with a nylon scrubbing brush.

Rinse the area with cool water. Remove any lingering grease stains from the stainless steel with rubbing alcohol. Dampen a washcloth with rubbing alcohol and rub it onto the stainless steel.


If the scorch marks still exist, you will need to resort to using a commercial stainless steel product.


Avoid using steel wool or other abrasive cleaners on stainless steel to prevent scratching the surface. Never rub the stainless steel against the grain.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloths
  • 2 tbsp liquid dish soap
  • Bowl
  • 1 qt. warm water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
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