The Household Ingredient That Works Just As Well As Stainless Steel Polish

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How to Clean Stainless Steel with 3 DIY CleanersTrevor Tondro

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One of the hallmarks of any new home is a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. And although stainless steel might be a renovation favorite, the elevated material notoriously grabs dust, fingerprints, and grease almost as quickly as you clean it. It's no wonder TikTok is obsessed with DIY video hacks on how to clean your stainless steel appliances. Every time you touch it, it adds another smudge and fingerprint to the surface that you can't easily wipe off, and it looks gross.

So as you start your spring cleaning, don’t just grab a stainless cleaner from the store, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen cabinets. Our round-up of DIY cleaning hacks makes your stainless steel appliances shimmer and shine in no time and for a fraction of the price.

Best DIY Practices

Before you begin to polish your stainless steel appliances, remember these tips before you start. First, don't use a sponge or cloth with an abrasive texture; the material will scratch the stainless steel. Secondly, you'll see and read this everywhere, rub your microfiber cloth in the same direction as the stainless steel grain. If you're unsure what that means, simply rub horizontally or vertically and stick with that direction (don't use circular movements). Lastly, avoid using other store brought cleaners that aren't intended to clean stainless steel. A chlorine-based cleaner can seriously damage the surface of your appliances, so when in doubt, always test it in a small inconspicuous location first.

Below are the eco-friendly cleaners to make your stainless steel appliances streak-free in no time. You'll probably discover most of these items are already in your cabinet too.


Vinegar and Olive Oil

Although it may seem like you're making a salad dressing to spread all over your stainless steel appliances, this DIY hack is a cinch to make and it works! Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and generously spray it on the stainless steel appliance. Next, completely wipe down the surface with a microfiber cloth. Then to get that sparkly shine, dip your cloth in olive oil, and use a back-and-forth motion to apply it to the surface (follow the stainless steel grain).

Dish Soap and Baby Oil

In this two-step process, wipe down the stainless steel surface with a non-abrasive sponge and dish soap with water. The initial step is to remove any grim, fingerprints, and smudges from the surface. You'll need to follow the grain of the stainless steel to avoid adding new fingerprints while you clean.

The second step is to apply the shine to the surface. Did you know baby oil can do more than just moisturize dry skin? Next, apply a dime-size amount of baby oil onto the microfiber cloth and then rub it into the stainless steel appliance. Any remaining blemishes on the surface should disappear.

Club Soda

You may have grown up watching your grandparents clean almost anything in the house with club soda. And you probably already know it gets rid of stains on your clothes in no time, but did you know it can polish stainless steel too?

Fill a spray bottle with club soda and apply it to the appliance. Next, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth in the direction of the stainless steel grain. It's that easy.

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