How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Stainless Steel Dishwashers

Someone asked me how to remove hard water stains from a stainless steel dishwasher the other day and I wasn’t sure if I could figure out how to resolve that problem. Then it dawned on me…why not use our DIY Kitchen Sink Cleaner recipe?! It worked perfectly for the sink, so it should work perfectly for the dishwasher!

Now, I did modify the recipe a bit because I wanted to make a cleaning concoction thick enough to sit vertically on the dishwasher without slipping off. Even with a few tweaks, this cleaner worked perfectly!

And of course, test this out on a small corner before doing your entire dishwasher… some finishes don’t work as well as others!

Water stains on stainless steel

How to Remove Water Stains from Your Stainless Steel Dishwasher

It’s pretty difficult to see what I’m fighting but if you look at the image above, you can see the spots and hard water stains. It looks even worse when you’re standing right in front of it.

Now that you have an idea as to what I’m trying to get rid of, we can move on.

Ingredients for water stain cleaner

How to Make Your Stainless Steel Cleaner

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Once you’ve got those ready, mix 1/4 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup baking soda. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir all of your ingredients so they form a paste.

How to remove water stains from stainless steel

How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Once your paste is made, take a soft cloth and dip it into your mixture and rub it in small circles over your dishwasher rub with the grain of the stainless steel.

How to remove hard water stains from your stainless steel dishwasher

Cover the Entire Surface!

Notice how we accidentally rubbed the stainless steel cleaner in circles instead of with the grain. This could cause small scratches (thanks Sara for letting us know). Make sure to rub with the grain!

Wiping off stainless steel cleaner

Wipe it Off

Once the mixture has been sitting on your dishwasher for about 5 to 10 minutes, it’s ready to wipe off. Simply dampen your towel and start wiping!

Once the dishwasher has been wiped off, you can add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff it right into the dishwasher surface to give it an even better shine!

Clean stainless steel dishwasher

The End Result

As you can see from the finished result above, it might not be perfect but it certainly looks 99% better! I’m happy!!! I hope this post helps to make your cleaning journey a little easier!

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How to clean your stainless steel dishwasher

How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Stainless Steel Dishwashers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Mix vinegar and baking soda.
  2. Add lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Stir all of your ingredients so they form a paste.
  4. Take a soft cloth and dip it into your mixture and rub it in small circles over your dishwasher.
  5. Cover the entire surface.
  6. Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
  8. Once the dishwasher has been wiped off, you can add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff it right into the dishwasher surface to give it an even better shine!

Notes

**Always test on a small area first to make sure this will work on your stainless steel dishwasher finish.

Types: Cleaning, Adult
Categories: Home, Inside The House

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