Stainless steel is an incredibly popular choice for a range of applications. With a shiny, versatile look that can resist corrosion, stainless steel looks at home in any kitchen.
Although stainless steel is durable and long-lasting, it is prone to showing water marks, dirt and fingerprints.
Luckily, stainless steel can be returned to its former self with a quick and straightforward clean.
Yet, stainless steel cleaners are often very expensive.
To help make your kitchen look brand new, we’ve put together a list of easier, cheaper alternatives to stainless steel cleaner that you may already have in your home.
1) Dish soap
Sometimes the easiest solutions are the most obvious. Using regular dish soap on stainless steel helps clean and remove all the dirt and grime.
For the best results, use a drop of mild dish soap on a cloth or sponge.
Add enough warm water to dampen the cloth and wipe down steel. For stubborn bits of dirt, clean the area several times. Once done, rinse the surface and thoroughly dry to prevent any water spots.
With a bottle stored in most homes, WD-40 is a great way to clean your stainless steel.
Simply spray a small amount directly onto your appliance, or onto a cloth, then wipe away for a clean and shiny surface. Using WD-40 to clean your appliances also gives your steel an extra layer of protection, preventing grime from appearing on the surface.
3) Glass cleaner
Glass cleaner is a great option to get rid of fingerprint marks from your stainless steel.
Using any common glass cleaner, such as Windex, spray onto a cloth and wipe the fingerprint marks from the surface. Once done, thoroughly dry the surface for the best result.
Vinegar contains a mild acid, which is amazing at cutting through the dirt, oil and grime that builds up on the surface of stainless steel.
Working best in a spray bottle, simply spray the vinegar onto the surface and wipe down with a cloth. Once all the dirt is gone, rinse the surface as an extra precaution to make sure the acid in the vinegar has been removed and dry thoroughly.
5) Baby oil
Once the stainless steel is clean, finish with baby oil to keep it in its best condition.
Baby oil acts like a polish for the steel, returning it to its shiny self. Simply dab a small amount of the oil onto a cloth or rag, then carefully rub into the appliance to make it look good as new.
No matter which cleaning product you use, we recommend always cleaning with the grain for the best results.
The grain is the arrangement of the steel and is shown through either horizontal or vertical lines, so pay careful attention to your appliance before starting to clean.
Following these tips, you can save money and keep your kitchen looking fantastic.