How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally


The other day I was cleaning in my kitchen and I realized that our stainless steel dishwasher was looking pretty bad.  I think stainless steel appliances are beautiful, but after having a stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator, I think next time I’d go with just plain white or black.  Stainless steel is a pain to keep clean! It attracts fingerprints, dust, and if you get water stains on it, forget it.  Those are so hard to get out.  Luckily, after three years of cleaning stainless steel appliances, I have found the best way for cleaning stainless steel.  Of course, you know it would have to be a safe and natural alternative to stinky chemicals!

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

-Olive oil & a soft cloth. This is the tried and true method that works for me, and I know you’re going to be baffled when you hear what it is.  I use some olive oil and an old prefold cloth diaper that my mom picked up at a thrift store. What I do is dab a small amount of olive oil onto a corner of the cloth diaper.  I then take the diaper and work with the grain of the stainless steel, polishing as I go.  Make sure you work with the grain so you don’t end up scratching your expensive stainless steel appliances!  I make sure that the oil is rubbed in well, and then move onto the next area. Using olive oil to clean my stainless steel has been a lifesaver! It removes fingerprints, smudges, and even water stains from the dishwasher!

-Vinegar and water. A simple spray of water and vinegar is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances.  The vinegar works well because it is acidic and dissolves dirt and grime.  I make a mix of about 25% vinegar to 75% water, spray on the stainless steel, and wipe with a soft cloth.  I’ve found that vinegar and water works the best for the in-between cleanings of your appliances.  Vinegar is also great for polishing stainless steel!

-Club Soda. Club soda is good for removing streaks and stains.  Just put some club soda onto a rag and apply with the grain.  It will help clean and polish your stainless steel.

-Gentle dish washing soap and water. I like to use Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap because it smells great and works well without damaging the stainless steel. I never have to worry about it being too harsh for the metal.  Sometimes after I get done doing the dishes, I take my dish cloth and just wipe down the appliances.  Of course, this can leave streaks so it’s best to follow up with another one of the methods described above.

How to Care for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is beautiful, but can be hard to care for.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you clean your stainless steel appliances.

-Always work with the grain, never against it.

-Don’t ever use abrasive cleaners on your stainless steel.  They can scratch your appliances easily.

-Always use a soft cloth.  Never use anything like steel wool (seriously, I know someone whose housekeeper did this!)

-It’s easier to take care of your stainless steel appliances if you clean them regularly.  The longer you let it go, the harder it is to keep them clean.

Those are my tips on how to clean stainless steel appliances.  Of course, you can apply them to any type of appliances as well!

How do you clean your stainless steel appliances?

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2 thoughts on “How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

  1. Lora says:

    Olive oil! Never would have thought of that, what a great tip, thank you for sharing!

    I’ve only owned stainless appliances for the past 3 months, and found the vinegar/water solution works well to remove fingerprints, but haven’t found anything to prevent them.

    As someone who has owed white, black and stainless, my favourite is definitely the stainless (minus the fingerprint and water spot issues). Next to that, it’s black. White just doesn’t seem as pretty to me for some reason, it almost seems cold in a way. Maybe it was the kitchen that the appliances “lived” in!

    Going to try polishing with olive oil as soon as I’m done my morning coffee 🙂 Thanks again!


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