When I was a kid, Grandma's kitchen was yellow, white, and chrome. And you couldn't get a friggin HARLEY or a chrome plated fuel injected hotrod to sparkle the way her pots n' pans did. I do not exaggerate - a thoracic surgeon could crack a patient on her kitchen table without the least bit of fear of infection. EVERYTHING was flawlessly clean.
My wife is a working woman and I never really pitched in to help as much as I should have. So I am sitting here looking at cookware that is stained and unsightly. They're clean... but they don't sparkle the way Grandma's did. I have gone to work on them with basic soap, water, elbow grease and road rage.
I am simply going to have to learn how household cleaners and solvents work.