Why is it So Hard to Clean Stainless Steel?
Smudges, fingerprints, scratches, and water stains ring a bell? They all plaque stainless steel and take away that gorgeous, shiny luster we all seek to have in our kitchens.
And if you are a mama like me with a pair of little hands roaming about your home these things “happen on the regular”.
Unfortunately, you can’t just use any old cleaner to clean stainless steel either. And most stainless steel cleaners come with a big price tag and an umpteen amount of chemicals.
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So, how do you get fingerprints off stainless steel and other unpleasantries without chemicals and $$ price tag?
First, we have to change our way of thinking when comes to cleaning stainless steel. Because stainless steel requires more than cleaning it requires polishing!
It’s, in fact, a two-step process in order to vanish smudges, fingerprints, and the like. However, it can be done with only a few ingredients to clean and polish.
To get started mix up a homemade stainless steel polish. It’s the best way I’ve found to remove deep scratches from stainless steel too!
DIY Stainless Steel Polish Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
How to make a Stainless Steel Polish:
In a small glass bowl combine two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Using a whisk mix to combine.
Add 4 drops of lemon and lavender essential oils. Whisk once more to thoroughly blend essential oils into the polish.
Use immediately or pour into a 2-ounce airtight container.
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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
STEP 1 CLEAN: Lightly spray the surface with a DIY stainless steel spray. Then wipe in the direction of the grain with a microfiber cloth.
Step 2 POLISH: Dab a clean cloth into the stainless steel polish. Working in circular motions, buff your stainless steel appliances with a microfiber cloth.
Repeat this process weekly or as needed for a smudge-resistant fridge and happy mama!
Note: Always remember to test any new cleaners first store-bought and homemade on a small, inconspicuous area.
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Add this DIY stainless steel polish and to your natural cleaning kit to save time and money. Do you have a stainless steel cleaning hack? Share it in the comments below!