Stainless-steel appliances work double duty, being both durable, high-quality items that also look beautiful in almost every kitchen style. But keeping stainless steel clean and streak-free can be challenging, particularly in homes with children (all those hand and fingerprint smudges!) and where the kitchen is the most-used space. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get your appliances back to shiny using only vinegar and oil. No, you’re not making a salad dressing, but trust us, this combo really works! These easy steps will ensure a streak-free, shiny stainless-steel fridge…at least until your toddler comes into the kitchen!
What You Need
Vinegar (in a spray bottle works best)
Very soft or microfiber cloth
Mineral oil (or any oil of your choice — olive oil works great!)
Determine the direction of the grain: Though the term “grain” is most commonly reserved for wood, stainless steel also has a grain. Look closely and you’ll notice it will either be running horizontally or vertically. To clean your stainless steel, rub in the direction of that grain.
Do a preliminary clean of your appliance with vinegar: Spray your appliance liberally with vinegar.
Wipe it down: Using a very soft cloth (so as not to leave a scratch), wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This should remove the initial debris from your appliance and start to shine it up a bit.
Dip your cloth into the oil: You don’t need a ton, as you can always come back for more.
Polish your appliance: With your oiled-up cloth, wipe in the direction of the grain. The marks will quickly disappear, leaving you with a shiny like-new appliance again!
Better Housekeeping Shop is your one-stop-shop for all your kitchen appliance needs, including many stainless-steel items. Stop by any time you’re in Red Bank or give us a call at 732-741-4310 and speak to one of our friendly sales associates.