The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Keeping your stainless-steel appliances fingerprint-free is no easy feat! So, we’ve put together a foolproof guide on the best way to clean your stainless steel appliances for a shiny, no-streak finish.

1.  Gather Your Supplies

First things first, let’s assemble our cleaning squad. You’ll need a few basic items to get your stainless-steel appliances sparkling:

  • Microfiber cloth—A gentle, lint-free cloth is your stainless steel’s best friend. It won’t scratch the surface and leaves no pesky fibres behind.
  • Dishwashing liquid—Good ol’ dishwashing liquid works wonders on greasy grime. Mix a tiny squirt with some warm water to make a powerful solution.
  • White vinegar—If you’ve got some stubborn smudges or fingerprints, vinegar can be your secret weapon. Mix it with water in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Olive oil—Yep, you read that right. Olive oil will give your stainless-steel appliances an enviable shine without breaking the bank.

2.  Get Cleaning

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to get cleaning!

Start by dipping your microfiber cloth in the dishwashing liquid solution, then wring it out well. You want it damp, not soaking wet (and definitely not dripping). Gently wipe down the surface of your appliance, following the grain of the stainless steel—this helps prevent those pesky streaks and smudges. If you have some stubborn spots, it’s time to bring in the vinegar. Dab a small amount of the vinegar mixture on your cloth and give those smudges the attention they deserve. Now, wipe the appliance down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to remove any soap or vinegar residue.

Whatever you do, don’t leave any moisture lingering on your appliance after cleaning. Because ironically, water can very easily stain your stainless steel! I know, right?!

3.  For a Shiny Finish

Your appliances should look pretty good by now, but we’re going for flawless!

Put a teeny, tiny drop of olive oil on your microfiber cloth. Seriously, less is more. Rub the cloth over your appliance, again, following the grain, and buff as you go. Olive oil will give the surface a gorgeous shine, and will repel dust, too!

Now, all you have to do is step back and admire your handiwork. Cleaning your stainless-steel appliances is as easy as pie (actually, easier). With just a few household items and a bit of elbow grease, you can keep your kitchen looking showroom-worthy year-round.

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