Best Cleaning Substance – Remove Tough Stains and Residues

One of the most undesired chores at home is cleaning the kitchen. Dishes are probably fine for most people as long as food particles have not become too dried and crusted. The real hassle of cleaning is when one has to work with tools and appliances that are rarely cleaned every day. This may include tools like the refrigerator, microwave, grill from family barbecues, and especially the oven.

After much usage over several months, grease stains and gunk have probably formed on the racks, the bottom, walls, and especially the oven door with a window. I could barely remember the day when I used to be able to watch baked goods rising. Now I feel like I have to open the oven door each time to see the progress of how foods are cooking. Unfortunately with some foods, that might even interrupt the cooking process.

You probably used many chemicals and cleaning products but to no avail. The stains and residue left by food just seem to be stuck. So is there a way to clean those difficult surfaces more thoroughly? There definitely is!

Product to Help Scrape and Remove Away Old Stains and Residues

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There is a product called the Pink Stuff. It is a paste that is mainly composed of:

  • Baking soda (or Sodium bicarbonate) – causes dirt and grease to dissolve
  • Sodium carbonate – assists other cleaning ingredients with removing soil
  • Quartz – abrasive substance for grinding glass and cutting soft stones
  • Soap – traps dirt in bubbles
  • Sodium silicate – removes oil and grease
  • Benzisothiazolinone – helps with removing stains
  • Laurylamine Dipropylenediamine – disinfects surfaces

The paste has really great cleaning properties as can be seen above and really great at scrubbing the tough grease and residues.

How to Use the Product

First of all, you will want to spread some of the Pink Stuff paste onto the surface of what you want to clean with either an old toothbrush, cloth, or sponge. Before wiping away, you may want to leave the paste there for a couple minutes to allow it to perform its chemical reactions. When you feel ready, you can then wipe the substance away and witness the result of its powerful cleaning abilities.

What Surfaces Work Best?

  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Bottom of Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerators
  • Stove tops
  • Microwave
  • Shoes (perhaps old workout shoes)

Summary: Pretty much anything with a hard surface that you would not mind if there is some minor wearing down of the surface.

What Surfaces Should Be Avoided?

  • Painted doors
  • Walls
  • Polished products
  • Certain glass products (the Pink Stuff contains quartz which is the abrasive substance for grinding glass and cutting soft stones)

Summary: Pretty much anything that has a paint coating over it or is finely polished.


You probably might not want to use a new sponge (or cloth) if trying to remove really greasy surfaces. All the grease and gunk are still food particles which can remain trapped in the sponge if it is not properly maintained. This means bacteria and other microbes can thrive in that sponge. This will lead to the “smelly sponge” phenomenon.

Therefore, I recommend using an old sponge (or cloth) to clean and then just throw away after.

Additionally, I recommend combining the Pink Stuff with magic erasers. The erasers alone have a cleaning property. Like the old cloth or sponge, when the magic eraser is dirty and used up enough, you can just throw it away and not have to worry about cleaning it.


Certain appliances at home may not receive the constant cleaning like certain kitchenware items. This may include the oven or the stovetop. Since they also get dirty from all the grease and residue left by food, it would still be ideal to clean them once in a while. However, if it has been a while since it has been cleaned, it can be really tough to remove those grease stains.

Fortunately, there are products like the Pink Stuff available for you to utilize. Pretty much nothing can beat the experience of seeing a squeaky clean and “nearly brand new” looking kitchen. Hope you enjoy using the Pink Stuff.

Did you enjoy this life hack on how to clean most stained surfaces? What other surfaces have you tried cleaning with the Pink Stuff that worked really well? Please share your ideas and leave a comment below!

14 thoughts on “Best Cleaning Substance – Remove Tough Stains and Residues”

  1. The pink stuff sounds amazing. I will definitely try this miracle product out very soon. I also use a mixture of dish washing liquid/ vinegar and baking soda and water in a spray bottle. It strips through the grease in seconds and makes the floor and oven  shiny and sparkly.

    • Hello there, Janine! That is a great technique you have. I like the Pink Stuff for its abrasive properties for scrubbing since I tend to deal with more stubborn greasy residues. I think doing more frequent cleaning of the oven and grill is way better than doing it only a couple times a year.

  2. Thank you for introducing The Pink Stuff, I love to cook and I need something to help me clean , pots, ovens, grillers, etc.

    My hands tend to get irritated very easily, is this substance to strong for the skin, I usually wear gloves when I need to wash a mountain of dirty frying and cooking pots….ha ha ha.

    I want to give it a try, thanks for this Article!

    • Hello Ana! The Pink Stuff is made of non-toxic materials that are safe for the hands. You can always wear gloves to protect yourself. Do your hands have eczema (dry cracked hands) or something of that sort? I heard it’s caused by over washing of the hands with soap. It cuts away the healthy oils which protect the hands from irritation and all that.

  3. Hey Mike, 

    I was curious about this product. I have some outdoor cooking utensils that need some serious cleaning. I have read your suggestions on using the product and it says to leave it to sit for a few minutes. The thing that interested me in this product is it is a paste. Do you know if I leave it on for an extended length of time will it do more cleaning or will it eat away at the material to be cleaned?

    If I have a bit of rust on the cast iron materials, does it help with removing the rust too? Might be a new addition to my camping stuff!

    Thanks for the hack!


    • Hello there, Chad! I don’t think the paste will eat away at the material being cleaned. By leaving the paste there for some time, it just allows more time for the chemical reaction to break down the greasy residue. In doing so, you won’t have to waste more paste by applying another layer of it.

      I haven’t tested it on items with rust, but I think it should help with that as well. Perhaps you can apply some paste on a more subtle part of the item to see if it truly works. If it does, then you can start applying it all over the rusted item. Just remember to dry the item well after to reduce the likelihood of more rust forming (rust forms from iron contacting oxygen with some type of moisture as a catalyst).

  4. You only just introduced me to this product, so I haven’t used it before but it sounds excellent for those awful dirty jobs that I avoid in the kitchen. I think my least favorite is the oven as it gets so gungy and I have to sit on the floor to clean it. Of course, everyone else in the house ignores this job as well. I think I will get a pot of Pink Stuff and give it a go. I expect that it will work a treat. Thanks for this review.

    • Hello there, Lily! Glad to hear you thought this is an excellent product for those dirty kitchen jobs. I too dislike the oven. Hope the Pink Stuff works great for you too.

  5. I need some of that Pink Stuff. Looks like it performs miracles. Or one can make their own paste with baking soda and vinegar, but I don’t know if it will be as effective?

    I have learned from the past, and the best way to deal with these cleaning problems is to wipe down all your appliances whenever you use them. In this way, it is impossible to get it to the stage where you battle to clean all the grim off, as it hasn’t been there for months baking into the surface, as is the case with a stove or a microwave.

    • Hello Michel! Baking soda and vinegar can work but by itself is not as strong. I see it more as a neutral bubbling solution (the acid and base will cancel each other out forming a liquid similar to water). I imagine the baking soda will fill the small holes of greasy residues and once in contact with vinegar, it will expand and stretch the holes and does its best to break residues. 

      I definitely agree with you there about the best way to deal with cleaning problems. Wiping down all appliances before use will save time and hassle later with cleaning.

  6. Thank you! I have been known to simply throw away good pots and pans because they were dirty. But this makes a ton of sense, and the baking soda idea is great. I have a kettle that has accumulated grease for years, and I’ve tried to wash it and wash it, but nothing. It’s funny, I don’t want to buy a new one, it was expensive, but ultimately I found this by searching for new ways to remove tough stains. I appreciate the tips, finger’s crossed, and hopeful – Brian

    • Hello there, Brian! I am glad to hear that this article made sense for you. Hoping that with this product, you would be able to remove tough stains from your pots and pans and not have to throw them away.

  7. Hi there, The Pink Stuff is a thick paste. You can use on nearly every surface of your home but don’t use for fabrics, plastic and acrylic surfaces.

    Pink Stuff is a cleaner to tackle tough burnt on stains, rust, limescale and grease. It’s a great product for multi purpose use and great value for money.

    The Pink Stuff is fantastic. It clean pretty much anything and is super simple to use as well.

    You just need to rub gently onto the surface you want to clean then rinse off with clean water and polish with a clean dry cloth.

    • Hello there! Thank you for sharing your experiences with using the Pink Stuff. I am glad to hear you’ve had a great experience with it. This helps to add to the product’s credibility so thank you for that.


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