How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances: The Best Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner
Someone pinch me.
We closed on our beautiful house a couple weeks ago and I could not be happier or more content! Partially because I hate renting and am glad to have a place to call my own – but mostly because the whole house buying and moving process is just insane.
Throw a toddler into the mix and I was ready to find a nice cardboard box and live in it in the middle of a field or something.
Thankfully, I managed I maintain my mental state (which, you know, isn’t promising to begin with, ha!) and we got through it. And are so thankful!
But with a new house comes some adjusting. The light switches (whose genius idea was it to put THREE light switches on one plate?!), navigating the corners of the unfamiliar counters (yep, bruised my hip), and learning how to care for the new appliances.
When our new refrigerator was being delivered this week, the lovely delivery guy told us just to clean it with WD-40 and a microfiber cloth. Of course, I nodded along. But after he left I turned to my husband and said, “You know there’s no way I’m using WD-40, right?”
He laughed and said, “Do you.” (Isn’t he poetic?)
I set out to find what worked best for cleaning stainless steel appliances, the natural way, and I’m happy to share it.
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DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner How-To
Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Recipe:
- Simply mix one part water and one part white vinegar together in a spray bottle for the cleaning solution.
- Use just olive oil and a cloth, such as a microfiber cloth, to polish.
How to Use:
- Spray the cleaning solution directly on the fridge. Be generous with it.
- Look closely, and you’ll see that your stainless steel appliances have a distinct grain direction – it will be going either vertically or horizontally. All of mine have horizontal grain. Take a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth and wipe your appliances with it going with the grain. You’ll notice that while some marks will wipe off, others won’t. And that’s okay for now!
- Once your appliance is good and dry, put a little olive oil onto a dry cloth and rub it in – again, going with the grain. This is the step that will really buff out those unappealing fingerprint marks all over your appliances (and also prevent them from showing up.)
Now, you have beautiful, shiny appliances again. Until your toddler wakes up from their nap, anyway! (;
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