With our modern households and appliances, it’s likely you have stainless steel in your kitchen at this very moment. Whether it’s a pots and pans for cooking, a refrigerator or even a stainless sink, that shiny surface is made from the same material. And stainless steel looks best when it’s clean and free of smudges and fingerprints.
We get it—kitchen cleaning can be a hassle. But we know lots of easy ways to fight fingerprints and keep stainless-steel appliances looking nice and shiny.
Methods for Cleaning Stainless Steel
Cleaning stainless steel doesn’t have to be a hassle—you may already have what you need in your kitchen cabinets. These methods make it super easy to make your stainless steel gleam.
How to Clean Stainless Steel with Dish Soap
First up, it’s our trusty kitchen cleaner—dish soap! All you need to do is put a small drop of dish soap on a microfiber cloth, then add a splash of warm water. Wipe down the stainless steel, rubbing with the grain of the metal. Then rinse it off to prevent staining and spotting from soap residue. Lastly, towel dry the metal.
To clean the microfiber cloth afterward, toss it in the wash with other lint-free fabrics and dry it on low or no heat. Or, if your dryer doesn’t have those settings, let the cloth air dry.
How to Clean Stainless Steel with Glass Cleaner
If you have stubborn fingerprints that can’t be wiped away by dish soap, grab a bottle of glass cleaner. Spray a little bit onto a microfiber cloth, and as always, rub in the direction of the grain of the steel. Rinse and towel dry the metal to prevent any spots.
How to Clean Stainless Steel with White Vinegar
If you haven’t used white vinegar to clean, you’re missing out on a cheap, easy solution. For stainless steel, just spray a little bit of distilled white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and rub in the direction of the grain. This method will get rid of especially stubborn grime and fingerprints in a jiffy!
Vinegar, however, is a bit more acidic than other cleaners, so while you can use it for sinks as well as cookware that’s been discolored due to heat, be more careful about appliances. Test it out on a small corner of your appliance to make sure there won’t be any problems.
How to Clean Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Cleaner
Can’t remove that grease no matter what? You might want to grab a bottle of stainless-steel cleaner. These specialty cleaners are made for hard-to-tackle stains, and they won’t leave any marks on your appliances or cookware. Just grab a microfiber cloth, spritz on a little cleaner, then rub in the direction of the grain.
What to Avoid While Cleaning Stainless Steel
When it comes to stainless steel, there are a few things you should definitely make sure don’t get anywhere near it. These include:
- Abrasive tools: it might be tempting to use steel wool or a metal brush to get rid of particularly stubborn grease or dirt, but these can scratch your stainless steel and increase the possibility of rust.
- Bleach or strong cleaning solutions: These can damage and stain your stainless-steel appliances, leaving them pitted.
- Dirty sponges or cloths: Always make sure you’re using something completely clean on your stainless steel. Other cleaning solutions or bits of debris (like crumbs) can scratch and discolor your steel.
- Hard water: This might be difficult if not unavoidable, but if you can, try not to use hard water while cleaning as it’ll probably leave water stains behind. Distilled or filtered water is your best bet.
By Amrita Thakkar and Melony Love for Taste of Home©
Source: Here’s How to Clean Stainless Steel (msn.com)