How to Clean a Stainless Steel Pot With Vinegar & Baking Soda

Baking soda and vinegar are both natural and powerful cleaners when used alone.
Each will clean many different surfaces around the home. When you have a stainless steel pot in need of extra cleaning, try mixing vinegar and baking soda together for an effective cleaning solution that is powerful enough to remove cooked-on foods.

Step 1

Fill the stainless steel pot with approximately 1 inch of water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar.

Step 2

Place the pot on your stove top and bring the water and vinegar to a boil. Turn the burner off and remove the stainless steel pot from the heat.

Step 3

Add ½ cup of baking soda to the hot water and vinegar in the stainless steel pot.

Step 4

Watch as the baking soda and vinegar react to each other, creating bubbles. Make sure that the mixture does not bubble over the stainless steel pot. Allow the solution to sit in the pot for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 5

Scrub the debris in the pot using the mesh scrubber. The cooked-on food should loosen easily as you scrub. Work until the entire inside surface of the stainless steel pot is clean.

Step 6

Rinse the stainless steel pot under warm water. Wash the pot with regular dish washing detergent, rinse it and dry it with the towel.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Mesh scrubber
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Dishcloth
  • Dishtowel

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.