How to Clean Stainless Steel

3 Materials
15 Minutes
Stainless steel appliances are really popular - the only problem is that they actually aren't all that stainless. Grease marks, finger prints, food drips, and more can often easily coat your appliances and leave them grungy and gross. I have the perfect solution for getting them clean in no time - and no, it doesn't involve olive oil.
Hard water stains and food drips was making our dishwasher appear dingy and disgusting. No thank you!
All you need to fix this problem are a few simple household items - baking soda, white vinegar, a bowl, spoon, and a couple of different rags. You can find all of these items at your local grocery store or one-stop shopping store.
It's just a few easy steps to shiny and new stainless steel! Mix some baking soda and vinegar in a bowl until if forms a sort of paste. Spread that paste onto your appliances and rub in with a cloth. Think of it as a facial scrub for your stainless steel!

Let sit a couple minutes, then buff away with some warm water and dry with another clean cloth. For extra shine you can use some windex for a finishing touch! It's that simple.
It only took a few minutes, but now all of our stainless steel appliances are like new again! I know a lot of people say to use olive oil and a paper towel, but I found that just leaves a greasy sticky sheen. This way is much better!

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Suggested materials:
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Rags
Erica Sooter
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  • Judy Thurston Judy Thurston on Feb 17, 2017
    Will it clean stainless steel sinks too? Please Reply back ASAP! Thank-You!

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  • Brenda  S. Brenda S. on Feb 18, 2017
    great tip!

  • Penny Penny on Feb 19, 2017
    i used baking soda for years, but i bought a steam cleaner recently, and it does a fabulous job on everything including stainless steel! i even use it on my ss muss, no fuss, and no fumes!

    • Erica Sooter Erica Sooter on May 02, 2017
      I've never tried a steam cleaner on stainless steel - I'll have to check it out!