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From The Email Archives, Part 1

Back when I first started writing Ask a Clean Person I would reply to every email I got, regardless of whether or not I was going to run the Q in the column. It was … a little insane of me, but I just wanted to help everyone! By about six months in, I had to do away with that practice as the volume of emails I got grew to an unmanageable point. It’s still something that’s a bummer for me, and I do still try to reply to notes as much as is reasonable.

In the course of writing my (ALMOST COMPLETE OMG) book, I’ve revisited my AaCP email folder more times than I can count. Some of my replies are funny! And hopefully helpful. But the funny part is really the thing. So I thought maybe it would be neat to share some of them, with the caveat that they are dashed off email responses and not fully written and researched columns. I.e., cut me some slack :)

Dear Clean Person,

I received a lovely set of All Clad stainless steel pots and pans as a wedding gift almost five years ago. I try, I really do, to treat them well, but after years of hard cooking, they are looking a bit sad. I would love to know what you recommend to remove: a) the rainbow marks on the bottoms of the most heavily used pots, and b) white crusties that look like hard water stains? and c) I’ve been putting them in the dishwasher now that I have one, is this ok?

I admit over the years that someone (not me!) has rinsed the pots while they were still hot, which I know is a no-no. I’m also guilty of letting dirty pots sit soaking in the sink for hours, ok, days. 

I would love for my beautiful pots and pans to look new again, or at least nice enough that I don’t have to apologize for their appearance whenever I have a friend over for a cooking adventure. 

My pots (and my silverware) are clean, I swear


Dear My pots (and my silverware) are clean, I swear,

I too have a beloved set of All-Clad stainless that I treat better than I do my family members. (I like them more, they don’t talk back or criticize my hair.)

I use the stainless steel cleaner from Sur La Table (it’s a house brand). It costs about $7, which isn’t too bad given where it’s from, and it’s really the only thing I’ve found that works (SCREW YOU BAR KEEPER’S FRIEND I HATE YOU!)

Try that out and let me know how you do. Good luck out there!