Cleaning stainless steel appliances

Donna Creecy
by Donna Creecy
I have bought several items claiming to clean stainless steel appliance, but none have lived up to the hype. I have water stains that refuse to go away! Any solutions? Thanks!

  9 answers
  • 1de5066309 1de5066309 on Jan 28, 2018

    Try table salt and vinegar into a paste. Also barkeepers friend from home depot and steele eool.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 28, 2018

    agreed they do not work. Use Spray away a non ammonia glass cleaner and a micro fiber cloth

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on Jan 28, 2018

      Thank you! I’ll try this...certainly cheaper than all the things I’ve bought!

  • Tish Tish on Jan 28, 2018

    I've tried them all, spent hundreds of dollars in the process and they were all useless. The greatest and hands down best of the best is....SPRAY NINE. You can find it at Home Depot or Lowes. I use 3 clean white washcloths....two damp and one dry. I spray one of the damp cloths with Spray Nine and apply to the stainless steel and let dry. Once dry use the other damp cloth to wipe down, then dry and polish with the dry white cloth. Your stainless steel will look AMAZING & PERFECT every time.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on Jan 28, 2018

      Great! I’ve never heard of Spray Nine but have to go to both Lowe’s and Home Depot tomorrow so will look for it. Sounds easy enough so will definitely try it. Thank, Tish!

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 28, 2018


    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on Jan 28, 2018

      Never had thought about this, but WD-40 is one of those things that solves myriad problems, so it makes sense it might work! Thanks!

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 28, 2018

    I sprinkle Bar Keeper's friend in my sink, dampen it and make a paste. I use a wet cloth, pick up some of the paste and "wash" my stainless with the paste. Use a clean wet cloth to rinse your piece. Keep rinsing your cloth. Then just dry with a soft clean cloth. I then use a spray counter top polish sprayed onto a clean cloth and "polish" my stainless. I only have to do this 2-3 times a year. In between, I just use a damp cloth to wipe of food particles or water marks and dry with a clean cloth. This is super inexpensive, gets everything off--grease, water spots, food particles, fingerprints, etc. and is fast and easy.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on Jan 28, 2018

      Thank you! I’ll try this. Water spots are my worst problem, and this sounds like a good thing to try. I appreciate it!

  • 1de5066309 1de5066309 on Jan 28, 2018

    CLR is a calcium, lime and rust remover solution. Home Depot or hardware store. It's worth a try.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on Jan 28, 2018

      My husband suggested this, and I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder and the suggestion!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 10, 2024

    Use a non-abrasive cleaner like Bon Ami, Comet, Bar Keeper's Friend to buff out the scratches. These cleaners come in cream and powder forms, so if you select the powder, you'll need to make a paste of it with water. Rub with a moistened cloth or a sponge it in the direction of the grain, do this and check occasionally to see if the scratches are gone, if not keep on going until the scratches are gone. If you find you need a little bit of abrasiveness, a whitening toothpaste will do, again go with the grain and use a soft toothbrush. Wipe away the toothpaste with a wet rag , looking to see if the scratches are gone. If so, then out on some oil or a polish, then condition the appliance where you did the work.