Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

We bought a stainless steel refrigerator with French doors about 8 months ago. It was expensive and is beautiful. I suspect I'm not cleaning it right, since I can not get all the marks off the refrigerator. Some of the marks just look like water spots or drips. What are your suggestions for cleaning a stainless steel refrigerator?

Tina S from Ashland, OR


Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Bar Keeper's is a cleaner and works AWESOME! I have a stainless steal double sink in our kitchen and use it all the time. Leaves it looking new and shiny. (07/07/2008)

By Shannon

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

The only commercial product I've found that works is, Cerama Brite Stainless Steel Cleaning Polish and Conditioner. It contains mineral oil. You rub it on, with the grain (like waxing a car), let it dry for a second, then wipe off with a dry cloth. Works great. They have another cleaner but it doesn't have mineral oil. I didn't like that one. I Couldn't find it locally so I ordered it online. Good luck. (07/08/2008)

By Wendy

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Use any of the great suggestions for getting the fridge clean, but once it is clean, use Vaseline to keep it from streaking and for an easy clean up. Once clean, rub Vaseline over all the stainless steel. Then wipe clean in the same direction. The Vaseline seals the surface. When you get a smudge or fingerprint, just wipe with a cloth and the it instantly disappears.


The Vaseline seals the dirt from the stainless steel. You will have to repeat the process every 6 months or so, when you finally wipe off all the Vaseline. You will not see it, but it is protecting your fridge. It is a trick that restaurants use for their kitchen appliances to make for an easy clean up each night. (07/08/2008)

By crystal wolfe

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

I grew up in a house with a 1967 builder-grade stainless steel stove top oven and sink. My mom always used plain mineral oil & a soft cloth to clean it. We owned that house for 35 years & it still had the original Stainless appliances in it when we sold it 3 years ago & they still looked like new!

What she did was: put some mineral oil on to the soft cloth (flannel works great) then wiped it on to the stainless, then she buffed it off with a clean part of the rag afterward.

If you sometimes need to use a harsher cleanser to remove stubborn grease & grime, be sure to always end the cleaning session with mineral oil, then buff it off...


This will remove any finger prints & keep your stainless looking like new! (07/08/2008)

By Cyinda

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

I use straight rubbing alcohol (any store brand) on a paper towel. It can be used to clean stainless steel sinks, faucets, and handles too. It's real quick! (07/08/2008)

By Flos in Boston,MA

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

It seems to me that someone mentioned using those Mr. Clean sponge things. They do a good job on a lot of things! Worth a shot! Good luck!

Pam (07/09/2008)

By Pam T

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Used the olive oil! Wonderful tip. I was almost sorry I bought stainless appliances. (08/06/2008)

By buckeyeup

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Use good ole Murphy's Oil Soap. The small amount of oil in it does a great job of polishing without the downside of things like olive oil which can attract dust. Best method: take a wet microfiber cloth with a quarter size amount of Murphy's in the center. Rub the Murphy's directly onto the fridge. (by the way, microfiber cloths purchased in the auto dept. are bigger and cheaper than getting them in the cleaning section of the store).


Immediately after the application of Murphy's, rub dry with another cloth. Works beautifully, is smudge less, and doesn't require a "specialty" cleaner that can only be used on the stainless. I like to simplify and not have multiple products laying around my house. I already use Murphy's on my hardwood floors. (09/01/2008)

By Loving my stainless

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Use a microfiber cloth to clean your stainless steel appliances. A friend had a difficult time getting hers clean, so I gave her a microfiber dish cloth. She was very excited that it cleaned it so easily, and she didn't have to use anything but water. (09/10/2008)

By Marcia

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