Pour 1 pt. of water and 1/2 cup vinegar into the pot.
Put the pot on the stove, and heat on low for 30 minutes.
Pour the liquid down the drain, allow the pot to cool and wash it with dishwashing soap and a dishcloth. Do not use abrasive scrubbers, which could scratch the pot's finish.
Cut the lemon in half.
Rub the inside of the lemon half over the stained area, and repeat with the other lemon half. Or pour 1 tbsp. of bottled lemon juice on a dry dishcloth and rub it over the stained area.
Wash the pot with a wet dishcloth and dishwashing soap, and rinse.
Put 1 tbsp. ketchup or tomato juice on a dry paper towel. You can replace steps 1 and 2 of this process by cooking tomato sauce in the stained pot.
Rub the ketchup over the stained area, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Wash the pot with a wet dishcloth and dishwashing liquid, and rinse.
Things You Will Need
- ½ cup vinegar
- 2 pts. water
- Dishwashing soap
- 1 lemon, or 1 tbsp. bottled lemon juice
- A sharp knife
- 1 tbsp. ketchup or tomato juice
- Paper towel
- After each time you use your stainless steel pot to boil water, add ½ cup vinegar to the pot, fill it the rest of the way with hot tap water and let it soak for half an hour before you wash it, which will help to prevent lime scale buildup.
- Dry your stainless steel pot thoroughly with a dishtowel after you wash it to prevent water spots.