How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless appliances are in every house and we use them very often and get dirt, grease, and other stains on them. This could be your stove, dishwasher or Refrigerator. What this article will do is teach you how to clean stainless steel appliances to make them look new again in different methods. Homemade methods and products you can buy to clean them as well.

French door refrigerator

I have a stainless steel dishwasher and a stainless steel refrigerator and these are the exact cleaning methods I use on them so I will guarantee you that they will work.

Things You Will Need:


Microfiber Cloth

Vinegar


Baking soda


WD-40

Windex

Dawn Dish Soap

 

Things You Shouldn’t Do When Cleaning Stainless Steel 

Do not use scouring powders on your stainless steel appliances because it will get the appliance a dull look.

Avoid letting your stainless steel appliance air dry. This will cause streaks to form. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry your stainless steel appliance immediately after cleaning.

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Avoid using any rough material against your stainless steel appliance. Try to use a Mr. Clean magic eraser on them. The Mr clean magic eraser is rough enough but not strong enough to scrape it.

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally 

The methods below are the natural ways you can use to clean your stainless steel appliances without using any harsh chemicals you buy at the supermarket. You will be using vinegar or baking soda.

1) How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Baking Soda

Baking soda can be a bit rough if you just use it on your stainless steel appliances. That’s why you will need to follow the cleaning method below carefully.

Steps to Take:

1) The first thing you need to do is fill a small container with warm water that is not enough to burn you.

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2) Add 1 cup of baking soda to the warm water and mix it around until all the baking soda has dissolved. The next step is to add a few drops of dawn dish soap to the water.

3) Now you can dip the Mr clean magic eraser in the water and clean your stainless steel appliances. Try to focus on stained areas first.

4) Now you can get some fresh warm water with a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the appliances down, then buff it with a next clean microfiber cloth. And you are done.

 

2) How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances With Vinegar

Using vinegar to clean your stainless steel appliances is very easy, but some people don’t recommend using it on your appliances. That is because you need to mix the vinegar in a 1-1 ratio with water and spray it on the stainless steel appliance. Use a dry microfiber cloth and buff the fridge or dishwasher before the vinegar dries on it.

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3) How to Clean Rust off Stainless Steel Appliances

Rust on your stainless steel appliances can mean that part of it is damaged and has been exposed to different elements. Sometimes you can clean off the rust off by simply cleaning the area with dawn dish soap and some warm water. You can use a Mr. Clean magic eraser to clean the area. You can wipe the area down with some wd-40 to stop further rusting from happening.

 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Above was ways to clean your stainless steel appliances naturally, but these methods below are different chemicals you can use to make your stainless steel appliances look brand new again with a look of a mirror.

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4) How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances With WD-40

This might surprise you, but wd-40 can really clean and remove stains and even glue residue from your stainless steel appliances, especially on your refrigerator. Your kids will put stickers and other things on your refrigerator so this cleaning method will help you make your refrigerator look new again.

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Steps to Take:

1) The first step you need to take is to remove everything from your refrigerator if this is what you are cleaning.

2) Spray areas where you have glue residue and leave it for 5 minutes. Go back and use a Mr. Clean magic eraser and remove the glue residue.

3) Now you can wet a microfiber cloth wet with warm water and wipe the entire fridge down or dishwasher.

 

5) Using Dawn Dish Soap to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliance

adding dawn dish soap to water

Dish soap is the next best way to clean any Stainless steel appliances, but using dawn dish soap will take it to a next level. The dawn dish soap will break down grease, remove rust and make your stainless steel appliances shine as if it was brand new and this is the easiest cleaning method to do.

Steps to Take:

1) This is a 1 step cleaning process, all you need to do is add some dawn dish soap to warm water and wipe the appliance down with it then buff the surface before it dries. The trick to preventing streaking is to use warm water.

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6) Using Windex to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliance

Using Windex to clean your stainless steel appliances is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is spray the appliances down and use a clean microfiber cloth and buff the surface until it becomes clean to your liking. You might get a few streaks, but you can wet the microfiber cloth with warm water and buff it again.

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How to Get Streaks Off Stainless Steel Appliances

Getting streaks on your stainless steel appliances is very easy. But with this method, you can get it off really fast. All you need to do is spray some rubbing alcohol on it and buff it out with a clean microfiber cleaning cloth. Some stainless steel cleaning solutions do have ingredients in them that will help repel water and grease, so you can use them if you want.

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Does Vinegar Damage Stainless Steel?

white distilled vinegar

Using vinegar on your stainless steel appliance is totally fine. But some appliances might not allow it. Check your stainless steel appliances manufacturer website to see what they say you can’t use on it. Vinegar is acidic, so we always recommend that you do a 1-1 ratio with water when making a cleaning solution as mentioned above.

Best Products To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

These are the best cleaning products you can buy to use and clean any stainless steel appliances or cookware. Follow the cleaning instructions on the products carefully because they will differ product in product.


1) Bar Keeper Friends Cookware Cleaner


2) Crown Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Cleaner


3) All-Clad Cookware Cleaner And Polisher 


4) Weiman stainless steel cleaner and polish

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