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Grayish Residue in Bottom of Bowl - Stand Mixer

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How to remove residue from a KitchenAid stainless bowl

  • A mechanical only polishing process is used in stainless steel bowls to make them shiny.  There is no polish involved.
  • Occasionally, new stand mixer bowls may have residue in the bowl that cannot be removed in the dishwasher or by hand washing. 
  • When this happens, it may be noticeable to the naked eye.
    • This residue is not harmful, and it can be removed easily.  It can discolor food items mixed in the bowl.  It is a common occurrence when polishing stainless products.

To resolve this, KitchenAid recommends putting a small amount of olive oil in the bowl and spreading it around inside the bowl.

  • Let this sit for several minutes, then wipe the oil out.
  • After removing the oil, wash the bowl with hot water and good dish detergent.

Or, use a mixture of lemon juice and salt, or a baking soda paste to clean the bowl.

By doing so, you are able to remove the residue safely. These are food safe alternatives with abrasive qualities that will adequately clean the bowl.

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