3 Ways To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances are a beautiful addition to your kitchen. They look very modern and really make your kitchen pop, no matter what color your cabinets are. The downside to stainless steel appliances are the amount of fingerprints, smudge marks and puppy nose prints that can accumulate. These prints and smudges can be difficult to wipe off and keep up with. You can purchase a stainless steel appliance cleaner, or you can use a few items you already have around your home to clean your appliance. See below for three ways to clean your stainless steel appliance using everyday ingredients.

Cleaning Vinegar

Use about 1/2 cup of cleaning vinegar and a microfiber cloth to clean smudges from your entire refrigerator. Be sure to wipe along the grain of your stainless steel with a gentle touch, as you can scratch your stainless if you go against the grain. Wipe off any excess vinegar with a clean cloth. You can also use 1 tablespoon of cleaning vinegar and a cloth to clean grease splatters off of your stainless steel oven, microwave or toaster. Cleaning vinegar has a higher acidity as opposed to regular vinegar, so it cleans better than regular vinegar. 

Baby Oil

Baby oil helps to repel those fingerprints left by little fingers and nose smudge marks from your furry buddy. Baby oil isn't as good at getting grime or grease off of your appliances, so if your appliance has more than just fingerprints or smudges, you should use the vinegar cleaning instructions above. Simply wipe down your appliance with a wet rag. Then add some baby oil to another cloth (microfiber works best) and wipe along the grain of the stainless. Turn your cloth over to buff off the excess oil. If you have streaks, just repeat the process.

Olive Oil

Olive oil works much like baby oil, as it helps remove fingerprints, smudges and water marks. Use it on your stainless steel appliances to help repel these marks from occurring and helps your appliances shine like the day you brought them home. Use just a little dab of olive oil and a microfiber cloth, wipe along the grain and wipe off the excess. 

You probably have most of these items in your pantry or cleaning closet already. They are safe to use around little ones and animals, as opposed to other harsh commercial cleaners. For other stainless steel appliance cleaning tips, contact your local appliance dealer (like Arnold's Appliance).