Your mom told you never to buy stainless steel but you did it anyway? You are now crying in despair at the sight of all the fingerprints and marks that you can’t seem to be able to make disappear? And you are certainly not about to call her for advice just so she can say I told you so? Yes, we thought so. Most people now have stainless steel appliances in their kitchen, whether it is their oven, fridge, microwave or dishwasher. These shiny appliances are very sleek and attractive but just like any surface, they get dirty and need to be cleaned daily. Unlike most other appliances, it can be difficult to make them shine.
However, your relationship with your stainless steel appliances is about to get a lot better, as these tips and tricks will help you to make them sparkle easily and in no time. Here are easy and affordable ways to clean your stainless steel appliances.
1. Dish soap & baby oil
Use 100% cotton rags you soaked in dish soap to remove excess oil on your appliances. After you’ve cleaned them properly, use another cotton rag and a few drops of baby oil to polish the area.
2. White vinegar & olive oil
Apply vinegar to a microfibre cloth and wipe clean the entire appliance. Vinegar is a great ingredient to remove grime. Use a few drops of olive oil to polish your appliances.
3. Club soda
Fill a spray bottle with club soda and wipe clean the surface. The club soda will also give a nice shine. Wipe clean with a cloth.
Spray WD-40 directly on your appliances and then use a rag to wipe the excess off. Be aware though that WD-40 is a petroleum-based product so be careful where you cook your food.
5. Lemon oil furniture polish
Apply a small amount of lemon oil furniture polish on a cloth and wipe away dirt and grime from any surface you want to clean.
6. Glass cleaner for fingertips
Fingerprints always show on stainless steel appliances. Remove them with your basic glass cleaner and a cloth.
7. Bon Ami, flour sack and wax paper
Dampen a small section of a soft flour sack with water and spinkle a bit of Bon Ami on the area. Rub your appliances in circular motions and then dampen another section of the flour sack to wipe off any excess. Use wax paper to rub the entire surface of your appliances to make them shine.
You can also just use flour. If you want to clean your sink for example, after you’ve removed any dirt, grease and grime, dry it and add as much flour as you wish in the sink. In circular motions, use a cloth to make your skin shine once again.
9. Commercial stainless steel cleaners
If you don’t like the DIY route, you can always use a product especially made for cleaning stainless steel appliances. These types of products will minimize scratching and will remove stains as well as give a nice shine to your surfaces.
10. Water and a cloth
Water, of course, works wonders too. Just use a damp cloth to wipe away any oil, grime or stains from the surface.
Source: Compact Appliance