Steel, as we all know, is the most widely used material in kitchens: dishes, cutlery and utensils. It is in our interest to try to keep them clean at all times. How many times, having guests over for dinner and, proposing to take advantage of the good cutlery service, we find ourselves looking bad because of the appearance of ugly stains on the steel! Although in the supermarkets we find many specific products, certainly very effective, to remove stains from steel cutlery, it is possible to turn to natural remedies just as good and certainly less expensive, which allow you to quickly deal with the problem.

Steel cutlery, how to remove halos and dark stains. Try this trick!

Steel on cutlery can stain in the long run. It often happens that cutlery stored for a long time in a drawer does not come out perfect, perhaps with rust-like marks or strange blackish streaks. No problem, this is completely normal and if measures are taken in time there are no irreversible consequences. Stains occur because the steel of the cutlery is not pure. Another important reason for staining is related to the fact that water often contains a large amount of limestone that settles on the cutlery, giving it a worn and dull appearance.


  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Silver paper

If you wash cutlery in the dishwasher, put a ball of aluminum foil!

If you are in the habit of washing your cutlery in the dishwasher, it is possible with this trick to prevent stains from appearing. Just take a sheet of aluminum foil, roll it into a ball and put it in the cutlery basket of the dishwasher. After washing, you will get shiny cutlery with no need for drying and no stains. In fact, because of its properties, aluminum captures the detergent component that can alter the shine of steel. Remember to change the aluminum foil each time you choose to follow this procedure.

Baking soda

If you don’t have a dishwasher at home and you wash dishes by hand, don’t worry, because a very effective method for removing stains from steel cutlery is to wash it with water and liquid dish detergent. Separately, bring water to a boil in a fairly large saucepan. When the water comes to a boil, add two tablespoons of baking soda, soak the cutlery and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse the cutlery, making sure that no baking soda residue remains, and dry it with a soft cloth. The result will be incredible, as the baking soda will in fact reduce the limescale in the water and thus will not settle on the cutlery.


If the stains are difficult to remove, which is often the case if the water you use is particularly hard, a small remedy will suffice to dissolve the limescale permanently. Just take a cloth soaked in vinegar or lemon and rub the cutlery. Acetic acid, in fact, by chemical reaction, dissolves even the most solid encrustations, and this is precisely why vinegar is what should absolutely not be missing in household cleaning. The steel will not suffer any damage and the cutlery will be as good as new.