Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, and 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add 4-6 cups hot water. Use a clean cloth. Dip cloth in solution and wring out, leaving cloth a little sloppy. Wipe down stainless steel with cloth. Allow to sit a minute. Wipe down with a dry cloth. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Very shiny! This solution also works to mop linoleum and tile floors and to clean the bathroom!


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November 3, 20150 found this helpful

If this mixture works for you, I say great. I doubt it would work for most people. First, the vinegar and soda would neutralize each other, making them ineffective as cleaning agents. You might as well leave them out. Second, cup hydrogen peroxide diluted in 4-6 cups water would have very little, if any, cleaning action. Couple that with the fact that H2O2 is very unstable in heat, the hot water would further reduce any cleaning action it may have had. So you can leave it out, too.

That leaves you with hot water. You could add vinegar. It is a good cleaning agent. Or, you could add soda, it too is a good cleaning agent. My favorite is clear, non sudsing household ammonia.


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The water on the cleaned surface will evaporate. Ammonia is a gas. Any residue will evaporate into the air. That leaves your surface with no residue at all. Nothing to rinse.

You could mix ammonia and peroxide in warm water. Each will increase the effectiveness of the other. This is the base for bleaching hair. Be sure to use this mixture only on surfaces unaffected by its bleaching action.

Bathroom floors? Where pathogens can be an issue, I use straight 10 volume peroxide. I squirt it from a bottle, spread across the floor, leave it for an hour or so, then mop up and rinse.

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November 4, 20150 found this helpful

Thank goodness there is someone else who knows that vinegar and baking soda together make salt water!! I make that comment at least once a week.

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April 23, 20160 found this helpful

Yes, but it is more complicated than that. It is a multi stage process resulting in unstable carbolic acid for a short time. This is what might make it an effective cleaner for some purposes, probably not stainless steel though. Here is some more information about the chemical reaction.



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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

Well the cat's out of the bag - we've all been sold cheap stainless steel finish appls. I stopped using the "Manufactured Suggested" cleaners and resorted to this: I use the pre-moisten cleaning sheets that I buy at Aldi for $2.00. Then buff it dry with a fiber cloth. For my fancy stove with it's black glass top that won't clean up I use the same cloths with bleach in them and DON'T DRY IT. I let it air dry to a great finish. For burnt on food I use Easyoff oven cleaner no fumes. Spray it on and wipe it clean in the morning. Of course NOW they are selling a higher grade of stainless that doesn't need all of this. SHAME ON THE APPLIANCE INDUSTRY FOR SUCH A SHAM! Can't wait for this SS insanity to end.

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