The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

I love the look of stainless steel, especially when there are no finger smudges, unless it’s a perfect toddler sized print, then it makes me smile. There’s something about tiny hand prints; I do get great satisfaction out of cleaning them though. Unfortunately, 99% of the fingerprints on the my “stainless” steel appliances are adult sized and remind me of  glowing finger paint, showing everything that we touch. Gross. However, I have found the best way to clean stainless steel appliances.

You will need:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Hot water and soap
  • Microfiber cloth

  1. See, no cute finger prints. Use a sponge or cleaning cloth to clean off hard core smudges and food crusties with your hot water and soap. Using a brand new sponge or freshly laundered cleaning cloth will leave you with the lease amount of streaks and water stains.

  2. Pull out your glass cleaner, commercial or homemade, and  spray a little bit directly onto your microfiber cloth. Buff the appliance with the grain of the steel. The glass cleaner along with the microfiber should help to get rid of any streaking from the soapy water mix.
  3. Admire your perfectly shiny stainless steel while it lasts for all of 2 minutes. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

*Bonus Tip*

After buffing your stainless steel appliance with glass cleaner, buff your appliance with a little bit of oil, (baby, mineral or olive) to help prevent future smudges. This does not need to happen after every cleaning but maybe once a month or so depending on how smudgy your appliance gets.

I love this method to clean stainless steel because it effectively cuts through the grease and grime while the glass cleaner helps to ensure a streak free finish.

Happy Cleaning!

Who are the smudge makers in your house?


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