Cleaning grease off stainless steel: Keep your grill, pans and stove bright and shiny!

by Snezhana Besarabova

Stainless steel is a nice-looking and stable material, that is widely used in our kitchen appliances like stoves and grills, as well as in pans. As we use them every day for preparing our meal, they need a special and regular cleaning. We know how important it is for you to maintain the stainless steel stoves, grills and pans bright and shinу, and to elongate their lifespan. That’s why we’ve prepared for you some advice from the cleaning experts. On this page, we offer you some working solutions for cleaning grease off stainless steel. With these tips you’ll be able to keep your grill, pans and stove in perfect condition! This goal is easy and healthy to be achieved with the help of some homemade and mild chemical substances and the cleaning methods that we’ll show you.

Cleaning grease off stainless steel grill


No matter if you want to prepare burgers or baked vegetables, cheese, fish or meat, your barbeque evening is impossible to begin without careful cleaning of the grill. We present you some practical solutions for effective removal of the grease from your grill.

Baking soda for removing grill grease



Baking soda, this natural and well-known substance, is a valuable and helpful chemical in the process of cleaning our grill grates. With the help of baking soda, removing the grease of the grill is easy and quick, and does no harm to our organisms.

Aluminum foil and baking soda

how to clean the barbecue with Aluminum foil and baking soda

Mix ½ cup (100 g) baking soda and ½ cup (120 ml) water. Cover the grill grates with this thick paste and let it stay for 5-6 minutes. Take a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it into a ball. Scrub the baking soda coated grill with this ball. Finally, rinse with water, removing the grease residue with a nylon brush.

Cleaning cast iron grill grates


Cast iron grill grates are useful and sturdy, but prone to rusting. But don’t feel miserable when you see the rusty grates. Treating with baking soda will give you the right solution to the problem!

Put 1 ½ cups (110 g) baking soda, ¼ cup (60 ml) white vinegar and ¼ cup (60 ml) dish soap in a bowl and mix the substances. Take a brush and paint the grill grates with this frothy liquid. Then, close the grill and let the paste stay overnight.

After that, remove the food debris and grime with the help of a brush with nylon bristles. At the end, use a sponge and warm water to clean the remaining residue. And don’t forget to dry the grates and rub them with vegetable oil to protect against moisture!

Scrubbing with vinegar and baking soda

How-To-Clean-Cast-Iron-Grill-Grates with vinegar and baking soda

If you’re having difficulty in cleaning grease off stainless steel grill with the previous methods, try the following approach. Remove the grates from the grill and put them in a garbage bag. Pour 2 cups (450 ml) of white vinegar in there and add 1 cup (220 g) of baking soda. Seal the bag with a tight rubber band, place it in a cool place and wait overnight. After that, take out the grates and rinse them. You’ll see that all or almost all the grime is washed away from the grates. Wipe off the remaining grime with a sponge or with a ball of aluminum foil.

Removing stains from stainless steel pans

how to remove stains from stainless steel pans with simple hacks and tricks

Whether you fry vegetables, cook potatoes and meat or prepare a fine sauce on high temperature, sometimes you cannot avoid a scorched pan. Don’t worry about it! With the right cleaning devices, you’ll have your pans always clean and gleaming!

Basic cleaning grease off stainless steel


The first step of cleaning grease off stainless steel is to clean the oil with a paper tower and pour some hot water in the pan after that. There is one important rule: always cool down the pan when washing with hot water, before pouring cool water in it! In this way, you’ll avoid warping of the pan by the rapid temperature change.

The next step is to wipe away any stuck-on food particles with a long-handled dish brush with nylon bristles. After that, a scouring pad or sponge will do the rest of the work and remove the stains. We advise you to avoid harsh scouring pads from steel wool, thus preventing the pan from scratching and elongating its lifespan! The softer the pads and brushes are, the gentler the cleaning will be without leaving scratches!

Keep scrubbing in a circular motion on the outside and inside of the pan. Do this with the help of a dish soap, preferably on natural base, so as to reduce the artificial chemicals that are harmful to us.

Scrubbing with baking soda

cleaning grease off stainless steel with soda and vinegar (1)

This method is suitable when you need to cope with tougher stains. If the dish soap and scrubbing are not enough to remove the remains of oil and burnt food particles, use baking soda. Mix it with water (add as much baking soda, as possible) and put the mixture in the bottom of the pan. Let it stay for a few minutes and after that scrub with a scouring pad. The soda is abrasive and will clean the stains. At the same time, baking soda is soft enough and will not scratch the pans.

For old strains, it is preferable to let the baking soda slurry stay for 3–4 hours, or even overnight. After that, scrub the stains and rinse the pan.

Boiling with water and baking soda

cleaning grease off stainless steel with easy hacks

There is one very effective solution for cleaning scorched pans by boiling a solution of water and baking soda. Add a small amount of baking soda in the center of the pan, pour some water over it and bring the solution to boil.

While this solution boils, it leaves a film of baking soda on the sides of the pan, which is easy to be scrubbed off afterwards. Continue to boil until most of the water evaporates. Then, while the pan is still hot, scrub off the mess with a long-handled brush.

Be careful and use gloves and a towel to grip the pan, avoiding the heat! This process is not quite effective for removing an accumulated old grime.

Boiling water and baking soda for old grimes


This approach is suitable for cleaning sticky grease off stainless steel pans with tough and large stains. They should be submerged entirely in boiling hot water with baking soda. Though the method seems unusual, the results are fantastic! This procedure will leave your pans without even a sign of the accumulated years of grime!

What are the steps of this process? Find a pot that is large enough to submerge the pan and bring it to a boil. Add a generous amount of baking soda – between ¼ and ½ cup (50-100 g). Put the pan in the water-baking soda solution carefully and maintain a gentle boil.

Let the process continue for 15-30 minutes, when you’ll see a brown residue flaking off from the pan. Take the pan carefully with the help of a tong, thick silicone mitts and a towel. After that, add an abrasive slurry with baking soda and water to break down the remaining stains. Scrub quickly all the remaining grime while the stainless pan is still hot.

Wiping grease from stainless steel stove


The stove is an essential part of the kitchen, and we make every effort to keep it bright and clean. We give you some clever methods to achieve this goal.

With window cleaner

The window cleaner will help you get rid of fingerprints on the stove top. A few sprays are enough for this purpose, then simply wipe down the stove surface with a towel.

Using soap and water


You’ll need only a few drops of liquid detergent added to water. Then wipe the surface of the stove with the sponge. Go gently with the sponge in the same direction, and after that wipe dry to clean any remaining dirt.

With baking soda


Baking soda is a wonderful mild abrasive substance for home cleaning of all types of stainless steel conveniences. And it does top work when it comes to removing the stains from the stove! Mix equal parts baking soda and water and scrub the marks with a soft brush.

Cleaning grease off stainless steel stove using vinegar and olive oil

Cleaning grease off stainless steel stove requires the use of different methods for the various situations. Vinegar is another powerful cleaner. In combination with olive oil, it becomes a perfect natural “detergent” for removing dirt from your stove. And not only that, but it gives the stove a beautiful look and brightness.

Firstly, pour a little vinegar on the stove top or on a microfiber cloth. Then wipe away till the grime is removed. Finally, finish with a microfiber cloth dipped in olive oil. While vinegar removes the stains, the olive oil finishes the steel bright and shiny!

Removing heavy grease from the stove

How do you get heavy grease off a stove

  1. Put a mild, abrasive-free detergent in hot water.
    Dip a soft nylon brush for dish cleaning into the soapy water.
    This soft brush won’t scratch the steel!
  2. Scrub the stainless steel stove.
    Scrub along the grain forming lines, which you can see by looking closely at the surface of the stainless steel. This action will keep the steel from scratching.
  3. Rinse the stove’s surface. Use a soft cloth for the purpose. When removing the soap in that way, remember to wipe along the grain!
  4. Dry the stove with a towel. Remove moisture, making sure no water stains remain on the stainless surface.

 Wiping stains from stainless steel conveniences

The kitchen is usually full of a variety of stainless steel conveniences, and all of them also need to be cleaned regularly. Toasters, sinks, kitchen robots and stainless steel surfaces like the doors of some refrigerators. See the YouTube video above for a demonstration on cleaning kitchen conveniences and stainless steel surfaces. You’ll recognize some of the described in this article methods, and removing stains with a steam cleaner:

Removing scratches from the stove top


If the scratches are deep, you need to consult a specialist. But you’re able to remove minor scratches yourself with a fine-grade sandpaper. It’s possible to use whitening toothpaste to smooth out fine scratches.

Read also: How to Degrease Painted Kitchen Cabinets? – Fool-Proof Solutions That Won’t Damage the Surfaces!

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