Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

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May 11, 2012

Polishing stainless steel with vegetable oil.An easy way to clean and polish stainless steel appliances is with vegetable oil and a rag. Dampen the rag with some vegetable oil, wipe down the appliance and it will shine like new.


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September 6, 2012

Use Windex and coffee filters. The fibers in the coffee filters help get handprints and other things off stainless steel much better than a paper towel and dries clean without leaving smudges.


May 5, 2009

For 3 years I have been struggling to keep my stainless steel appliances clean. They always have drip marks and finger prints on them. Finally, I found the perfect solution and it is something almost everyone has in their home.


June 10, 2009

After cleaning your stainless steel, smear on some baby oil with a dry cloth. The stains will be easier to remove in future.


November 1, 2015

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.


April 21, 2009

To clean smudge marks off stainless steel appliances, make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub over the spots. Then wipe the appliance down with plain water, and dry.


March 14, 2016

The best way to clean stainless steel refrigerator doors and silver jewelry is toothpaste! Any brand will do, but it has to be the white paste. Use just a little, then wipe clean with Windex.


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November 15, 2016

Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with half baby oil and half food-grade mineral oil. Spray on a cloth and apply in circular motion.


Take another cloth and buff. This leaves a beautiful shine and lasts a while. It is much cheaper than any store-bought brand.

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May 5, 2009

Use 100% pure virgin olive oil on a lint free, clean cloth, to polish stainless steel to a smudge free shine. I hardly believed it myself but tried it today on my stainless steel refrigerator and was truly amazed.


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July 12, 2011

I am wanting to find a way to clean the top and outside of my stainless steel gas stove. I have tried soapy water like the instructions say or just a wet wash cloth, but it always leaves water spots or smudges. Please help me. Thanks.

By Alecia


July 12, 20110 found this helpful

Go to your local big box store and buy a cleaning product that has been made to clean stainless steel. No one brand is any better than the other.

July 12, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have SS but have heard two things; baby oil, but that seems like it might leave a residue and club soda, doesn't matter if it's flat.

July 12, 20110 found this helpful


July 12, 20110 found this helpful

Mineral oil works. Put it onto paper towels or an old t-shirt rag and wipe down your stove, preferably in the same direction as the "grain" if it is brushed steel. The metal is actually porous and will absorb some of the oil, leaving a nice sheen.


You can wipe again with a dry cloth if you feel a residue left by the oil. Water based cleaners do leave spots on stainless steel appliances. Oils are the best way to clean them. Mineral oil, baby oil, I suppose any kind of oil would work.

July 14, 20110 found this helpful

The resturants I worked at used oil. Very little on a rag or towel will shine it up perfectly and cleans it at the same time.

July 18, 20110 found this helpful

We have a stainless steel elevator in this building. We use baby oil on a t-shirt rag to wipe down the walls, it doesn't leave any streaks.

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April 8, 2011

I have a lot of buildup of stainless steel appliance cleaner. My frig doors are all smudged with build up. If I use the stainless cleaning pads I bought at the store, it looks good for a few hours, then it gets even more smudged with build up. Can anyone help me? I'm at my wits end!

By julie from Medford, NJ


April 10, 20110 found this helpful

Use a solution of warm water, vinegar, a few drops of plain dish soap. (no soap with added oils & lotions). Use a soft, lint free cloth to rinse all the grime & buildup off. Once you manage to get all the grime off I recommend one of two products. The easiest is a window cleaner called SprayAway. Simply spray on and buff off with a clean lint free cloth. I regularly use this method at my clients' houses on their stainless steel appliances & it is amazing.


No residue or streaks and it leaves a great shine. The other product I would suggest is Wright's Silver Polishing Cream. A little goes a long way, but your steel will blind you when all is said and done! :)
I don't recommend using most of the SS wipes and cleaners that have become so abundant these days. Most simply create a build up like the situation you have now. Hope this helps!


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April 11, 20110 found this helpful

Use eazy off oven cleaner on stainless steel. All grease will lift off.

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We bought a stainless steel refrigerator with French doors about 8 months ago. It was expensive and is beautiful.

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