How Do I Clean Extremely Old & Stubborn Stains Off My Stainless Steel Cookware?

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Q: My mother just gave me all of the old cast iron and the All-Clad stainless steel skillets from my childhood. I know how to clean the cast iron and even season it and clean and season the inside of the stainless steel. My problem is this; The outside of the stainless steel is blackened from the many, many years of use.

How do I get it these clean? I just got a brand new stove the day before she gave them to me. I’m afraid to sit them on my burner, but I no longer like non-stick pans.

Sent by Carol

Editor: Bar Keepers Friend and a scrubbing pad are my go-tos for cleaning stainless steel cookware, but it sounds like these stains are a lot more stubborn.

Readers, do you have any advice for cleaning cookware with years of built-up stubborn stains?