How do I clean the front of a stainless steel dishwasher?

by Maureen

I put a magnetic cover on the front of my dishwasher and I can’t remove the stains. What is the best way to clean the dishwasher door to help remove these marks?

Stains on dishwasher door

Marks on the front of the dishwasher

  16 answers
  • Mel Mel on Nov 29, 2018

    I would call the manufacturer of the machine and the magnetic cover company

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 29, 2018

    Here's an article with tips. I use a microfiber cloth to clean my appliances. You might need to use a solution like "GooGone" or WD-40.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 29, 2018

    Pure stainless steel isn't magnetic. Manufacturers have added lesser metals to the stainless so people can use magnets, but causes it to rust. Unfortunately there's nothing to do to fix it. If still under warranty you may have a claim.

  • William William on Nov 29, 2018

    Mineral spirits or WD40 and a microfiber cloth.

  • Pam Groba Pam Groba on Nov 30, 2018

    Mix half mineral/baby oil, half isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle. Shake up and spray lightly. Buff with microfiber cloth. (Hint) use same cloth next time for quick touch ups.

  • Chris H Chris H on Nov 30, 2018

    I’ve used WD40 for years with great results

  • Katherine Whitley Katherine Whitley on Nov 30, 2018

    I clean it with white vinegar and a microfiber cloth, then add a little olive oil to a cloth and buff it out. Keeps the streaks away.

  • Lannie Lannie on Nov 30, 2018

    Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner and polish, applied with their microfiber cloth. All my stainless looked terrible until I found this. I've used it once, months ago, and the stainless appliances still aren't showing marks. This stuff works.

  • HollyS HollyS on Nov 30, 2018

    The fact that a magnetic cover was able to stick to your stainless steel means it isn't pure stainless steel as magnets don't adhere to real stainless steel. And those stains are likely rust spots coming through.

    This can happen because of everyday wear and tear and is especially common in humid areas. Nothing will remove them.

    If under warranty, you might have a claim but I fear using a magnetic cover likely voided it.

    Perhaps find a new magnetic cover?

  • MIck MIck on Nov 30, 2018

    Try Pledge, removes goo sometimes, depending on what it is...

  • Ann Ann on Nov 30, 2018

    I have made a paste using barkeepers and cold water.

    The barkeepers I use is made for stainless steel.

    Spray it on and let it sit for 30 minutes.

    Then use a microfiber cloth to buff it. (I always use microfiber when cleaning stainless steel.)

    I found a product at Home Depot to keep stainless steel shiny and it also helps with cleaning.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Nov 30, 2018

    Here's what I do to get sticky food residue off stainless:

    Mix equal parts water, alcohol, and vinegar.

    Add 3 drops of dish soap.

    Spray the surface and wait one minute.

    Wipe down with a cotton Terry cloth towel.

    After this, use a stainless steel cleaner such as Weimans to restore shine.

  • Margie Miller Margie Miller on Dec 01, 2018

    I recently used Windex on my refrigerator for stains and finger marks. It worked well.

  • Sherilyn Lawson Sherilyn Lawson on Dec 01, 2018

    Iuse white vinegar and then rub it with olive or mineral oil

  • Heather Courier Heather Courier on Dec 03, 2018

    I know this might sound too simple but try a magic eraser, I've found that they clean almost everything,

  • Ctr20120433 Ctr20120433 on Dec 03, 2018

    Use furniture polish