How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Frugally
The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
I recently moved into a home with stainless steel appliances and I love it! Pretty and shiny…until the kids touch it. No worries though, I’ve found that cleaning stainless steel can actually be pretty easy.
At first, I was using a cloth with soapy water, then wiping with water to rinse, then wiping the appliance dry with a microfiber cloth (always wiping with the grain, of course).
This worked fine, but I really wanted an easier solution..something I can just spray on and wipe off, easy enough for everyday cleaning. I tried one that involved vinegar, water, and Dawn, and it was okay but I managed to find an even better solution…
Cleaning Stainless Steel with Vinegar!
Oh, the many uses of cheap, simple vinegar! You probably already have some already. If you don’t, you should get some. A lot of the household cleaner recipes we like include distilled white vinegar. Plus, there are so many other uses for vinegar!
Right now, a gallon of Great Value brand vinegar at Walmart is around $2.39. Or you can buy the 2-pack of Four Monks brand vinegar gallon jugs at Costco for about $3.50. Cheaper than a gallon of milk and it will last a lot longer too! (But don’t try to drink it.) 😉
Cleaning Stainless Steel: Always go with the grain of the steel. Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
I usually don’t polish with the oil and I am still satisfied with my results. (The pictures in this post are from when I used vinegar only.) By the way, the vinegar smell disappears once the vinegar is dry!
Keep in mind that not all stainless steel is created equally. Some cleaning products work better on certain stainless steel appliances than on others.
For my stainless steel appliances, vinegar works great! In fact, my search stops here for now. I’m not even going to bother trying any more DIY stainless steel cleaners. None of them are as simple, easy, cheap, and they probably won’t work much better.
If vinegar doesn’t get the job done for you, here are some other options you can try…
- Window cleaner (See our favorite DIY Glass Cleaner Recipe. Find Windex coupons.)
- Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
- Pledge (Find Pledge coupons.)
- DIY Streak-Free Counter Cleaner
- Club Soda – spray on and wipe in direction of the grain of the stainless steel with a microfiber cloth. Should help with heat stains too.
- Try WD-40 for stubborn spots.
- Equal parts baby oil and rubbing alcohol.
Feel free to share your favorite tips & products for cleaning stainless steel in the comments!
Also, here’s an easy way to clean your stainless steel sink!
Sources: Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest pg. 181, CleanMama
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