How to Remove Blue From Overheated Stainless Steel

When you are cooking with stainless steel cookware, the bottoms of the pans may turn a blue or rainbow color if you overheat the steel. This is referred to as "bluing." Bluing is common if you choose to cook your food on high-heat with gas. If you experience bluing on your stainless steel pots, take the time to remove the bluing right away. The longer you leave your pots unattended, the harder it becomes to remove the discoloration.

Blued stainless pots are not attractive.

Step 1

Fill your kitchen sink with hot soapy water.  Use mild dish soap without abrasives to prevent scratching the stainless steel.

Step 2

Wet a soft sponge with the soapy water.  Scrub the blued surface with the sponge. Use small circular motions with the sponge, and use your fingers to press hard against the pot. 

Step 3

Rinse the soapy water off the pot with fresh clean water.  Towel the pot dry with a cotton towel.

Step 4

Inspect the pot for additional bluing.  If you still see bluing, repeat the process a second time.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Cotton towel
  • Chrome polish (optional)


  • If you still have bluing on the pot, you can purchase chrome polish designed to remove bluing from exhaust pipes from an auto-parts retailer. Place the polish onto a clean dry sponge and buff the surface of the blued area. Once buffed, clean the pot as you normally would to remove the polish.

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