How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

What You'll Need
Lint-free cloth
Cleaning solution
Polishing solution

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

The latest trend in appliances is stainless steel. With so many people buying these appliances, their unique cleaning needs have become apparent. To clean stainless steel appliances it requires a little more time and effort than regular appliances. Little things such as fingerprints, grease and smudges are much more visible on stainless steel than on colored appliances.

Step 1 - Daily Cleaning

Stainless steel appliances should be wiped down on a regular basis to look and stay clean. If the appliance only has fingerprints or smudges, a simple wipe with a wet cloth should do. If the appliance is a little dirtier, you can use dish soap or mild detergent and water, and a clean cloth. To remove fingerprints you can use commercial glass cleaner or household ammonia. Always remember to wipe the appliance with a clean dry cloth to bring back the shine. And always wipe with the grain to avoid streaking.

Step 2 - Stubborn Dirt

A cleaning solution of dish soap or mild detergent and water can be used for dirt that is a little more stubborn. If you can’t get the dirt off from a simple wipe of the cloth, try letting some of the cleaning solution dissolve into the grime for a few minutes then wipe it off.

If the dirt is dried on, you can scrape it off using your fingernail or something plastic that won’t scratch the stainless steel. Then wipe it with the solution of soap and water.

Be sure to wipe it dry with a clean dry cloth.

Step 3 - Commercial Stainless Steel Cleaners

If there is a stain or a scratch that you need to remove, a commercial stainless steel cleaner may be needed to do the job. Although these cleaners do not completely remove scratches, they do minimize them. Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaner before using it. Always rinse the cleaning solution off and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Step 4 - Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Cleaning Solutions

There are a number of eco-friendly cleaning solutions that can be safely used on stainless steel. Some of these green cleaners include baking soda and water, a paste of ammonia and rotten stone, or vinegar and water.

Step 5 - Polishing Stainless Steel

An easy and inexpensive way to polish or remove streaks from a stainless steel appliance is to use a small amount of baby oil, mineral oil or olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the surface. You could also use club soda, rubbing alcohol or white vinegar that is applied to a lint-free cloth. This brings out the natural shine that stainless steel has.


  • Never use an abrasive cleaner or abrasive cleaning tool on stainless steel.
  • Always wipe the stainless steel appliance with the grain to lessen the effect of streaking.
  • Never use bleach on stainless steel appliances.
  • Whenever using a new cleaning solution whether it is commercial or homemade, you should test it on a small inconspicuous spot first.


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