stainless steel appliances

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Real talk: refrigerator doors can be a real source of embarrassment.

Those 15 layers of smudges and remnants of last night’s spaghetti dinner on your stainless steel are not doing your kitchen any favors.

But don’t fret. Your journey to smudge-free stainless steel appliances and a squeaky clean kitchen has begun.

Before you run out to the store to buy a stainless steel cleaner, take a look in your cabinets. You likely already have everything you need for shiny steel glory right at home.

Cleaning your stainless steel may seem like an afterthought or an optional chore, but nothing screams “I’ve got my home together” more than a glistening kitchen.

Here are our top tips for cleaning stainless steel appliances conveniently and on the cheap.

1. The Cheapest Option of All: Water

This might seem like a no-brainer but water is a tried and true cleaner for stainless steel that won’t damage or degrade the metal and is 100% safe.

However, there’s a proper technique to ensure success. Using warm water is more effective at removing oil spots. Make sure you rub with the grain and dry the surface completely with a clean rag so there’s no residue. 

2. Dish Soap for Tough Stains

Yes, your old pal Dawn turns out to be a great stainless steel appliance cleaner. Dish soap cleans those tough stains out of stainless steel that is resistant to your everyday wipe-down with water.

Start small. Add a drop of dish soap to a microfiber cloth and apply warm water, Then, rub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain.

Don’t forget to rinse off the dish soap with a wet rag afterward and towel dry to prevent hard water spots. 

If you want to really go the extra mile, add a dash of baby oil to polish the appliance after it’s been cleaned with dish soap. Violà!

3. Vinegar + Olive Oil For A Clean Polish

If you think of stainless steel appliances as similar to wood, in that you need to regularly clean and polish it, vinegar and olive oil is a great combination that does both. 

Apply vinegar with a cloth or spray onto the surface of the appliance and wipe clean in the direction of the grain. Then use another clean towel and apply a small amount of olive oil to the surface of the steel. Again, rub in the direction of the grain. 

4. The Wild Card: Club Soda

You’ve likely never heard of club soda being used as a cleaning product but many swear by its magical cleaning and polishing properties.

Add the club soda to a spray bottle and apply liberally. Wipe clean with a dry cloth in the direction of the grain. You’re done!

To Sum Up

Now you have no excuses when it comes to having streak-free glistening stainless steel appliances in your home. Have a refrigerator you can’t wait to show off to your houseguests.

You don’t need to spend money and lots of time to achieve this goal with these easy tips. Who doesn’t love a good cleaning hack? Visit our blog for more house cleaning tips and tricks!