How to Remove Water Stains from Stainless Steel Dishwashers!

Someone asked me about removing water stains from the front of 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!

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

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.

So, here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Soft Cloth
  • Spoon

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. Once your paste is made, take a soft cloth and dip it into your mixture and rub it in small circles over your dishwasher.

Cover the entire surface.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then, dampen your towel and wipe it off.

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!

Here is my end result…

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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  • Darbi Nolen

    It was me me me,but it was my refridgerator,I also have a stainless steel Trash can,so I’m gonna try this trick,ty so much for the tip ! It grosses me out to see the constant spots cross your fingers and say a prayer for me.

    • Christina

      Hey, Darbi!!! I hope it works for you! I forgot it was the fridge you asked about! I tried last week’s cleaner on it so I couldn’t give an honest answer if I worked on that again. I knew I didn’t use the fridge for a reason! LOL, I just forgot what it was! I needed something that hadn’t been cleaned so I used the dishwasher instead. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope this works for you! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Tara

    I thought my refrigerator was ruined by nasty sweaty hand print stains from contractors working in my house when they had to move my fridge. NOTHING was getting those nasty stains out. I’m so grateful for this post and wonderful concoction. My fridge looks like new, thank you!

  • Ivory

    can you use another oil besides olive oil?

  • Elyse

    As a chef, the stainless steel prep tables in my restaurant not only have to be sanitary, but also look nice (after what they cost me). I’ve been using a product called “Sheila Shine” in the restaurant & the stainless appliances in my home as well. Well worth it. I wish my lipgloss was as shiny as my stainless!

  • Barb Greenfield

    I used it today on my dishwasher. We bought a home and it was nasty, but looks great now. ThNks for sharing.

  • Ellen

    Do you know how to get dings out of SS

  • CS

    This doesn’t scratch at all? Thought baking soda would…

  • MArty

    Best thing to use on Stainless Steel is Orange pledge, spray it on and wipe off either with a paper towel or soft cloth!!!! It has to be the ORANGE kind!!!

  • Melissa

    This is amazing. It looks like even the commercial stainless cleaner leaves residue. This solution even removed that build up. I have a picture if you will like to see the difference. Thanks for the tip.

    • Sheyanne Petrovich

      Yes! We would love to see the pictures! This works so well!! You can send the picture to sheyanne {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com! We can’t wait to see!

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