How to Clean Hardened Sauce from Stainless Steel Cooktop


Gail asked: How do I clean sauce that has splattered on top of my stainless steel cook top and has burnt onto the cook top? I cannot get it off. What is the best way to remove it?.

Whenever spills land on hot surfaces, burnt residue that sticks remains. The smell will often dissipate, but the reminder of burnt on food is much more difficult to get rid of. Removing burnt on, caked on, or hardened food from stainless steel with this simple trick is easy. Not only is it perfectly safe for use on stainless steel, it works like a charm.

You Will Need:

  • Bar Keepers Friend
  • Paper towels or non-abrasive sponge
  • Water
  • Mild soap or stainless steel cleaner

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Wet the stainless steel surface with water before you begin.
  2. Apply Bar Keepers Friend directly onto the food stain.
  3. Wipe the stain with a paper towel or sponge.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Wipe clean with a fresh paper towel.
  6. Once the burnt on food is removed, wash the area with a mild soap and warm water (or stainless steel cleaner) to remove any cleaning residue.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not use harsh abrasive cleaners, acids, or scouring pads on stainless steel surfaces. You will scratch the surface, and those scratches cannot be repaired.
  • For stubborn stains, make a paste of Bar Keepers Friend and water. Apply it to the stain, wait no longer than one minute and begin to wipe it away.
  • Multiple versions of Bar Keepers Friend are available, and many of them can be used on your stainless steel cook top. Read the directions before choosing one to ensure that it’s suitable for your surface.


  1. Danny says:

    Nothing works…stainless is terrible.

  2. Cayce says:

    What a bunch of hooey! This does not remove cooked on spots on stainless! Don’t waste your money or your scrubber!

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