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!

How to remove hard water stains from stainless steel dishwasher

How to Remove Water Stains from Your Stainless Steel Dishwasher

It’s pretty difficult to see what I’m fighting so here is a close-up shot:

Hard water stain on stainless steel dishwasher

See all those spots and water stains? It looks pretty bad 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.

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 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 water stains from 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!

How to clean stainless steel appliances with baking soda

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!

Removing hard water stains from stainless steel dishwasher

See how nice that gunk is coming off?! I love how simple this is!!!

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!

The End Result:

Clean dishwasher after using stainless steel appliance cleaner

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 remove water stains from 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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