How to clean stainless steel appliances

Wipe off the grease and say goodbye to streaks with these stainless steel cleaning tips.

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Remember how shiny and gleam your stainless steel appliances were when you first brought them home? And after years of using it, I’m sure you’ve started to notice that it has lost its sheen thanks to greasy fingers and soapy water stains. So much for “stainless” and “resistance to corrosion”, am I right? Fortunately, there are easy ways to make your stainless steel appliances look brand new again when soap and water don’t work. Just follow these methods below to clean with these eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

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1. Baby oil

It may be marketed for toddlers, but you can use baby oil to clean a whole host of items at home, and one of them happens to be stainless steel appliances.

Step 1: First, get a damp cloth to wipe down the surface.

Step 2: Next, pop some baby oil onto a microfibre cloth

Step 3: Wipe the surface from top to bottom once more and you’re done!

2. Dishwashing detergent

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Aside from cleaning your plates and utensils, dishwashing detergent is also effective in cleaning your appliances.

Step 1: Add a few drops of detergent and warm water on a microfibre cloth

Step 2: Wipe everything down.

Step 3: Rinse it with water before using a clean paper towel to dry it. 

Read more: 26 unusual things you can clean in the dishwasher

3. Glass cleaner

Like glasses, fingerprints and dry dust are one of the biggest culprits of stained stainless steel appliances. Thankfully, you can apply your glass-cleaning method here too.

Step 1: Spray the glass cleaner onto a microfibre cloth

Step 2: Wipe the stained area in a circular motion.

Step 3: Rinse and dry with a clean towel. 

4. Olive oil

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It turns out that olive oil’s not only good for cooking, it’s also an effective protector for all your stainless steel woes.

Step 1: Pour a drop of olive oil onto a piece of clean cloth

Step 2: Wipe down the appliance.

Step 3: Buff with a dry rag to finish.

5. Baking soda

We know how versatile baking soda is when it comes to cleaning. From tile grout to the oven and the sink, it’s as if there’s nothing this kitchen staple can’t tackle, including stained stainless steel items.

Step 1: Mix three tablespoons of baking soda and a tablespoon of water in a bowl to create a paste.

Step 2: Spread the mixture on the surface with a sponge. 

Read more: Baking soda: 11 ways to use it in the kitchen

6. White vinegar

Like baking soda, vinegar is also well-known for its cleaning capabilities. The best part is, it only requires two simple steps!

Step 1: Spray vinegar directly onto the surface

Step 2: Use a microfibre cloth to wipe it down. 

7. Lemon

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When life gives you lemons, make them clean your stainless steel products for you.

Step 1: Mix lemon juice and hot water in a bowl.

Step 2: Then soak a microfibre cloth in the mixture before wiping the surfaces.

Step 3: Finally, take a clean cloth and wipe down the surface again. 

Read more: How to clean your oven naturally with baking soda and vinegar

8. Cream of tartar

Think cream of tartar is only for your fish sandwich? Think again. This baking essential can also be used to clean your stainless steel items.

Step 1: Mix a few drops of water together with some cream of tartar in a bowl.

Step 2: Use a clean sponge to buff out any marks or stains on your stainless steel product. 

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