Saffron, that's just plain cheating!Lye solution is often used in industries to clean stainless steel containers - a brewer friend tells me. I use lye to clean my stainless steel kitchen sink, and boy does it sparkle!
Disclaimer - Please take the necessary precautions when using lye.
TBH I just sprinkle about 1/2 TBS sodium hydroxide granules around the sink and scrub with a sponge and let is stand for a minute or two to do its magic, then rinse off with cold water - much like we used to do with the old scouring powders (like Vim). Then pour boiling water down the drain to clear any soap muck and grease.Saffron: I imagine it would clear the drain of soap muck as well. I presume we're talking just a light lye solution?
I'm always amazed at what I learn on this forum!In my youth, with my first house and an old gas stove of the type that one can take apart and clean each part, my Mom taught me to soak the parts in lye solution. Works like a dream! ... Every bit of burned on food just slid right off with a soaking and there were no residual odors. Of course I wore gloves and and so forth.