What is the Best Thing to Clean Stainless Steel?


Stainless steel appliances lend a contemporary look to the kitchen, but their high shine shows smudges, grease spots and fingerprints. Keeping stainless appliances clean doesn't need to be a chore--just clean and buff after each use.

Stainless Steel Cleaners

  • Soapy water rubbed with a soft cloth or sponge works for most stainless steel cleaning jobs. Rinse well and buff dry with a clean, dry cloth to prevent streaks. Commercial stainless steel cleaners are available. Recent tests by Consumer Reports found that these products all did an equally good job of cleaning stainless steel.

Products to Avoid

  • Products like steel wool and abrasive cleansers and pads will scratch stainless steel surfaces. Cleaners containing bleach or other chlorine products will corrode stainless steel and stain the surface, according to Bob Vila.

Smudges and Fingerprints

  • Dark smears, fingerprints and water streaks can be removed from stainless steel surfaces by buffing a drop of mineral oil or baby oil with a soft cloth, according to Apartment Therapy. Oil is also good for removing adhesives left behind from tape and stickers.

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