How to Remove Soot From Stainless Cookware

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How to Remove Soot From Stainless Cookware
Remove soot from stainless cookware with a nylon scrubbing pad. (Jordan Siemens/Lifesize/Getty Images)

When you cook meals with stainless cookware over an open campfire, soot quickly builds up from the smoke and open flame used during the cooking process. To keep the cookware clean and presentable, get rid of the soot quickly; letting it go will only cause a larger layer of soot the next time you use the cookware. Use mild, non-chemical and non-flammable ingredients while cleaning the cookware and removing the soot.

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Things you need

  • Bucket or sink
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rags

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  1. 1

    Scrub over the soot with a dry nylon scrubbing pad, which scrapes off loose, light soot residue. This allows you to more easily reach the burnt-on soot stuck directly onto the pan.

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket or sink with about 1 gallon of hot water, 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 tbsp dish soap.

  3. 3

    Sit the stainless cookware in the water and let it soak for about five minutes.

  4. 4

    Scrub the pan again with the nylon scrubbing pad, this time dipping the pad into the water to get it moist. Scrub until all residue is removed. Rinse the pan after cleaning.

  5. 5

    Remove tougher stains with white vinegar. Soak a cleaning rag in pure white vinegar, and lay it directly on top of the soot and stains. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then remove the rag and scrub again with the nylon scrubbing pad. Rinse the pot after cleaning.

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