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Old 03-14-2013, 05:51 PM   #11
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I suspect that your dishes are not getting rinsed well. Do you have hard-water in Poughkeepsie?

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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Soap doesn't dissolve well in hard water. Hard to rinse it off things.

Try an experiment. Buy a gallon of drinking water at the store. Wash your pan in the normal way using only this drinking water and soap in the usual way. See if the soap smell remains.

Long term, a water softener for your house will improve the washing of all things, people, dishes, clothes.

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Old 03-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #13
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Given granny's haunting, you had better make it a blind test. I can make you smell soap just by suggesting that you might. Or smoke. Or whatever. I have some of the hardest water around and have no hint of detergent odor, either the soapy smell or the added fragrance smell on stainless steel. I do often see some iridescent sort of coloration when I don't use Barkeepers Friend, but I think that's maybe the slightest oil left behind. But since I cook a lot of things hot and fast, I most often use BF.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:48 AM   #14
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...I do often see some iridescent sort of coloration when I don't use Barkeepers Friend, but I think that's maybe the slightest oil left behind...

I've seen that iridescent surface on my SS pans and have attributed it to starches. When I cook a starch such as rice, I see that coloration.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:45 PM   #15
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I don't run my cast iron in the dishwasher, and neither do I allow them to soak sitting in the sink, but cast iron still gets washed with soap, a good rinse and turned upside down for a few seconds over a stove burner. I can't remember ever smelling soap when cooking. Almost every other cooking vessel, except the super large pieces or electrical, takes a ride in the dishwasher.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #16
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Wow! Guess I'm the only one. I will take the water softener into consideration as I have been meaning to for some time anyway.
Thanks for the replies..
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