DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

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During the past couple of years, I have made a lot of different homemade household cleaners. One cleaner I have never gotten around to make myself is homemade stainless steel cleaner.

I don’t currently have very much stainless steel to keep clean, but in one home we lived in we did have a stainless steel dishwasher and refrigerator, and they were not fun to keep clean. Yes, they look very shiny and pretty, until one of your children touches them and leaves their fingerprints all over them. It was an uphill battle for sure.

Walmart has some nifty stainless steel wipes that did a pretty good job of keeping my stainless steel shiny, but they are really expensive, especially if you wipe off your appliances every day.

I wasn’t that upset when we moved and left the stainless steel appliances behind, but recently I acquired a very nice shiny new garbage can for my kitchen, and it lost its shine very quickly.

I thought about making a trip to Walmart to find some of those stainless steel wipes, and then I stopped myself, realizing that there has to be an easier, more economical way to keep my new garbage can shiny and clean. I did some looking around, and there are indeed several ways to keep your stainless steel shiny without breaking your pocketbook.

Stainless Steel Cleaner #1:

I found two common methods for cleaning stainless steel. The first method involves using olive oil. I was skeptical at first, but it really works! First wipe your appliance down with a wet sponge to get off any caked on dirt or food. Next use a microfiber cloth to wipe a liberal amount of olive oil onto the surface, wiping in a circular motion with the grain of the stainless steel.

You might have to wipe for a few minutes to get it all rubbed in, but it really works. My kitchen garbage can looked shiny and new again after I wiped the olive oil onto it.

Stainless Steel Cleaner #2:

I didn’t try this method, but a lot of different people recommend it and say that it works. Fill a spray bottle 1/4 full with white vinegar, and the rest of the way full with water. Shake gently then spray on stainless steel surface. Wipe off with a microfiber cloth. This is supposed to be really effective for cleaning your stainless steel, but I would think that the olive oil would work better to make it look more shiny.


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