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How to Clean Egg Off of Stainless Steel

Corey M. Mackenzie

Stainless steel items typically clean up easily, but stuck-on foods, such as egg, can be a chore to remove. This is especially true if the egg has dried or was burnt onto the stainless steel.

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You may be tempted to bring out heavy abrasives, such as steel wool, to scrub it off, but if you do this you’ll damage the stainless steel--perhaps irreparably. There is a smarter and safer way to remove egg, or other foods, that are stuck on stainless steel.

  1. Place egg-stained stainless steel cookware, serving utensils, flatware or other items in your kitchen sink. Fill the sink with hot water and 2 tbsp. of dish detergent.

  2. Allow the stainless steel items to soak for at least one hour, as suggested by cookwaretalk.com. Next place the cookware (if this is the item you are cleaning--if it is a smaller item, such as a serving spoon or flatware, skip this step), half full of soapy water, on your stove top. Bring it to a low boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn the burner off and let the cookware cool.

  3. Place the stainless steel cookware back into the sink. Wet a nylon scrubbing pad with water and sprinkle baking soda over the pad. Scrub the cookware with the nylon scrubber until the egg is removed.

  4. Rinse the stainless steel well, and dry it with a soft towel. Drying it quickly helps prevent water spots and streaks.


If egg has splattered on surfaces other than cookware, use detergent and baking soda, applied to a nylon scrubber, to scrub it off. It will take more work to get it off if you can’t soak the item, but you should still be able to remove the egg.


According to cookwaretalk.com, you should avoid not only abrasive cleaners, but also bleaches and ammonia.