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Old 09-16-2015, 04:28 AM   #21
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Remove ALL the dishes from the sink. Place them in a plastic bag. CLEAN, first use something like Comet and really scrub everything down. You wouldn't cook with a dirty pan, so you shouldn't clean dishes in a dirty sink.

Then, I'd fill the sink with water and a half cup of bleach. Use the bleach water to wipe down the sink, counters, faucet handles, refrigerator door/handles, anything they may have touched.

Wash the bleach around the sink as well.

Empty the sink, and fill with clean hot water and rinse everything off. Use paper towels or a very clean kitchen towel to wipe everything dry.

That should take care of initial cleaning.

Then, I'd recommend filling the sink with HOT water and maybe a tablespoon of bleach and soak the dishes for an hour.

Afterward, wash as normal, rinse and dry them.

It sounds like a lot of steps, but it should prevent you from getting sick and killing any bacteria.

Maybe others have tips for you, but this is a start.

Good luck!

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Old 09-16-2015, 05:29 AM   #22
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Oxyclean soak everything. That busts everything loose. Then, you need to rinse rinse rinse to get the soapy flavor off. This will ensure that you are going to do a great job.

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Old 09-16-2015, 07:15 AM   #23
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Now I understand why many in the bike forum recommend Dawn for cleaning bikes. Bicycle chain grease is tough to remove. If I have to touch the chain for maintenance I use Gojo hand cleaner, but it still takes about a day for the black stains to go away.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:37 PM   #24
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99% of the problem has been solved, thanks to the wealth of advice that you've all provided me. Thank you for that. The considered posting before and after photos, but honestly the before wasn't a pleasant sight. I decided to spare you the carnage.

1% remaining : (1 of 2) There is a single stainless steel knife, which has a noticeable amount of rust on it. It's part of my flatware set, it's not a chef's knife or anything. It's was clearly submerged in water for the past month and somehow rush has developed on it. Can I save it, or is it a goner? I was thinking of trying the ajax with bleach. Suggestions?

(2 of 2) I have a stainless steel 12" frying pan, which has something baked into it. I'm guessing that it's baked on bacon grease. I tried soaking it for 90 minutes attempting to use a sponge and detergent, but no success. I was considering using steel wool (which I don't currently have) or using ajax with bleach. If I use the Ajax, is that safe to use since, since I will obviously be cooking food on the surface of the pan?
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:28 PM   #25
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Brasso works wonders with both brass and stainless steel. I use one of those green 3M scrubbing cloth things, not the coarse ones tho. Non abrasive Ajax or Comet is ok, don't use the abrasive Ajax.
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:34 PM   #26
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For these two items you don't need bleach. It doesn't make cleaning easier, it just sanitizes.

As a general rule, you want to use the least damaging method that will clean the item.

Put a couple of inches of water into the dirty pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer it for 20 minutes to loosen the residue then scrub with a non-abrasive sponge (like the blue sponge with the scouring pad on one side. Blue means teflon safe). If that doesn't work, buy some Barkeepers Friend. It's a stain remover and minimally abrasive powder. USe that with the blue sponge. If that doesn't work, put the pan in a plastic bag in your back yard put a hallow dish of ammonia in the bag with the pan. Close off the bag and leave it overnight then try to clean it again.

Use the BKF to clean the rust off the knife.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:07 PM   #27
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I would simmer the pot with water and baking soda. I would try dry baking soda on a damp cloth on the knife. If that doesn't work, then try the Bar Keeper's Friend, as Andy suggested, or some other stainless steel cleaner. I use one from Lagostina and it takes off the rust that my cutlery sometimes get in the dishwasher.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:32 PM   #28
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Too rough a pad used will definitely put scratches on the surface. I found that out the hard way. Brasso has enough grit to polish off stains. I use a very worn 3M green scrub cloth, when new, they're too abrasive.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:22 AM   #29
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This covers just about all the methods I've ever heard of:

The 10 Best Ways To Clean Burnt On Food From Your Pots and Pans - One Good Thing by Jillee

She's right about the Coke, too.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:47 AM   #30
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