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You Only Need One Thing to Remove Grease From Stainless Steel Pans

Stainless steel cookware is surrounded by spices and vegetables on a kitchen counter.
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Stainless steel cookware can get a bad rep. From getting the surface to be non-stick to figuring out how to clean it, you might avoid the stuff due to the seeming complication of it all. But when it comes to getting grease off stainless steel, it’s easier than you think.

All you need to get grease off stainless steel is a bit of dish detergent.

Now, sure, this might seem obvious, but once grease gets cooked onto the stainless steel surface, it can seem like it’ll never come off, even when you use detergent. The trick is a soak in the soap.

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You don't need to be afraid of stainless steel.

Thankfully, stainless steel pots and pans are corrosion-resistant (not corrosion-proof, though), so soaking them for a little while won’t hurt them, and it’s an effective method to remove baked-on grease and food without reaching for a brillo pad that can damage the surface.

To get that cooked-on grease off, you’ll place the pan into a basin or sink filled with warm, soapy water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes or so. Then, add the soap to a warm, wet washcloth and rub the fabric together to create a lather. Wring the cloth out over the dish and gentle scrub at the grease spot.

If the grease doesn’t lift, allow the dish to sit longer, but ultimately, all you really need to clean your stainless steel is dish soap.

As for issues with food sticking while cooking, there’s also a hack to tell when your pan is non-stick as well.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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