Nobody likes cooking with stained pots and pans, so it’s a hassle when you scrub and you scrub….. and those stubborn food bits are STILL stuck to the bottom of the cookware. You may use a scouring pad, baking soda, and even hot water but even all these things together are sometimes still not enough to remove the super stuck-on food bits.
If you’ve ever had to exert more effort than necessary to clean out stuck food bits or even burnt food from your pots and pans, we totally understand. The good news is that we know the perfect thing to use on those stubborn food stains: you need a scouring pad but specifically the steel wool scrubber.
What Is A Metal Scrubber?
This metal scrubber is also known as steel wool since it’s a matted ball of steel “threads”. It actually looks like the metal version of a shower puff! This “metal puff” is used in place of the finer textured green scouring pad that you commonly find with the dishwashing sponges but is best used on hardy materials that will neither scratch nor become damaged when you use it.
Pots and Pans You Can Use The Metal Scrubber On
What you need to remember is that this kind of scrubber is very abrasive so it is only applicable to pots and pans without a coating that can be removed or scratched. This means you can’t use this on nonstick pans and we do not recommend it either on glass cookware or bakeware such as your glass baking dishes, even if it is tempered or made of borosilicate glass. These types of glass only mean it is resistant to temperature changes, not to scratching or breaking. So, if you exert too much effort in removing stains from glass, you can end up scratching the glass, creating microscopic cracks that can lead to your glass bakeware shattering later on when heated.
Here are the kind of pots and pans you can safely use this metal scrubber on:
- • stainless steel cookware
- • ceramic-coated cookware
- • cast iron cookware
- • aluminum cookware
How To Use The Metal Scrub
It’s easy to use! Here’s what you do:
- 1 Rinse the pot or pan and the metal scrub.
- 2 Add undiluted dishwashing soap and hot water, and then scrub the food off the bottom of the pot or pan with the metal scrubber.
- 3 Rinse and repeat as needed, adding more dishwashing soap to help loosen the food bits.
- 4 Rinse completely and dry as normal.
It can be as easy as that, especially if the food stain is new. If it’s older, you may have to repeat the process a few times as needed to get your pots and pans clear of stains again.
Where To Get The Metal Scrub
What’s wonderful about these scrubs is that they’re super affordable! Buy just one for less than P10 each at either Shopee or Lazada, and you’ll be able to use it for any number of pots and pans that need extra care.
Want a metal scrubber that will last and are willing to spend more because it will practically last forever? Check out the metal chain link versions or the chainmail that are commonly used for cast iron cookware. These metal links are extra thick and sturdy so if this still doesn’t get those stubborn food stains out, little else will!
Need more ideas on how to get stubborn stains and burnt bits out of your cookware? We have other ideas that might do the job too: