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Ask Martha: Cleaning a Stainless Teakettle

How do I clean my stainless steel teakettle?
—Danielle Sarbone, Dallas

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner
<b>Vinegar + Baking Soda:</b> No chemicals needed for this eco-friendly cleaning solution.

Your kettle takes a beating when you keep it on or near the stove, where it’s exposed to constant splatter and grease. To remove stains, add enough white vinegar to three tablespoons of baking soda to form a thick paste. Apply it with a soft rag or sponge and scrub until the stains disappear, then wipe the kettle with a damp cloth—and store it out of harm’s way.

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