5 Ways to Clean Stainless Steel with Ingredients You Already Have at Home
Stainless steel is a popular finish for kitchen appliances due its modern appearance and durability. It stands up to corrosion, rust, and water stains making it a great choice for a busy kitchen. To keep your stainless steel appliances and surfaces looking as good as new, try these 7 easy hacks.
1. Clean with Vinegar and Olive Oil
Vinegar and olive oil are two must-haves in any kitchen.
They’re ideal for cleaning stainless steel surfaces too! Here’s how to use them:
- Wipe down the surface to remove any dust and grime.
- Spray a small amount of vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar) onto the surface
- Wipe it down with a clean, soft cloth to remove any stains or fingerprints.
- Put a few drops of olive oil on a clean cloth and polish the surface.
2. Create a paste with baking soda and water
Simply add enough water to baking soda ratio for a toothpaste consistency and apply to your stainless steel appliances.
Let sit for 15-20 minutes and then scrub off gently with a soft cloth or sponge. Afterward, rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth.
3. Cut grease with dish soap and baby oil
Mix a few drops of dish soap in warm water and wipe down the surface of the stainless steel.
This will break down any grease or grime. After wiping down with soapy water, rinse the surface and dry it with a clean cloth. After drying, apply a few drops of baby oil on a cloth and buff the surface for an eye catching shine.
4. Add shine and remove fingerprints with club soda
Turns out club soda isn’t just for mixing up your favorite drink.
This fizzy liquid does wonders for adding shine while removing fingerprints and streaks. Spray club soda directly onto the surface of the stainless steel. Then, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
5. Remove scratches with toothpaste
Just be sure to use a separate toothbrush!
If you have small scratches or marks on your stainless steel, a little bit of toothpaste can do the trick. Apply the toothpaste to a toothbrush and gently brush the scratch. Wipe the surface clean and repeat as needed.
One final tip for your stainless steel kitchen appliances:
Remember that different stainless steel appliances may have different finishes, and what works for one may not work for another. Always test any cleaning method on a small, unnoticeable area first to make sure it doesn't harm the finish.
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