Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances


Have you ever dreamed of an appliance that could actually withstand time and last forever? Well, hold onto your aprons, because it’s here. Alright, forever might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not far from the truth. This appliance can be placed in just about every style of home, from farmhouse to industrial to urban chic. It is versatile, strong and able to withstand many years of use without showing signs of wear or damage. Can you guess what it might be...

Stainless steel.

In my home there are a lot of stainless steel appliances. Although it has proven to last and has been quite versatile, there has been a drawback: they show smudges like fingerprints and water stains.

I have found simple and effective ways to clean as well as ways NOT to clean stainless steel- learning about both will assist you in preserving this metal finish’s like-new look. Let us begin with the do not list:


·      Don’t use chlorine bleach or any product containing chloride.

·      Don’t use oven cleaners.

·      Don’t use steel wool highly abrasive scrubbing pads. This will cause scratches.


·      Do use vinegar. Spray your appliance liberally with vinegar and wipe it down. Using a microfiber cloth or a very soft cloth wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain.

·      Be sure to use clean water. Harsh water can leave spots or stains.

·      A little trick to prevent smudges: wipe afterwards with olive oil or baby oil. To do this, pour one or two dime sized dots onto a microfiber washcloth and apply to your appliance.

Keep in mind there are many products that can clean stainless steel, this is just one DIY solution that can be a quick fix and everything you need for it is right in your kitchen.

APPLIANCESErin EbertComment