How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel is the most popular finish for most kitchen appliances. It looks great with any type of countertop, tile, cabinet, and it won’t clash with paint colors. But a major drawback to stainless steel is how quickly it can get smudged and dirty. Fingerprints are the number one culprit as anyone with little kids can attest to. Fortunately, cleaning stainless steel is an easy process that can be done using natural ingredients.

Start with Vinegar

Vinegar is the magic cleaning liquid for almost any area of your home, including stainless steel surfaces. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar and a microfiber towel to spray and wipe down your stainless steel appliances. Identify the direction of the grain and go with it when wiping.

Oil for Shine

Vinegar may leave streaks, so use mineral oil to wipe down your appliance. Some people swear by glass cleaner or stainless steel polish, but mineral oil seems to work well with all surfaces.

It’s best to first check your appliances manual as they may have recommended cleaning techniques. Never use any type of abrasive scrubbing pad or cleaners with acid as they can damage and dull your appliance surface.

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