How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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Step 1

Combine 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with about a quart of hot water to make a gentle cleaning solution.

Step 2

Wet a soft, clean cloth with the cleaning solution. Wring the cloth out, and then use it to wipe down the stainless steel. If you look closely, you'll see that stainless steel has a slight grain. Make sure you rub with the grain when cleaning.


  • You can scrub away tough dirt with a nylon scrubbie if necessary, but never use anything more abrasive than this on stainless steel.

Step 3

Rinse the appliance by wetting a fresh cloth with plain hot water. Run the damp cloth over the stainless steel to rinse it, again moving with the grain.

Step 4

Dry the appliance thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth to prevent water spots.

Step 5

Polish the dry stainless steel with a soft cloth dampened with lemon oil or your favorite stainless steel polish. Buff the polish back off with a dry cloth to restore shine to the surface. As always, make sure you rub with the grain when buffing.


  • Always allow stovetops and other appliances to cool completely before cleaning, to avoid streaking.


  • Never clean stainless steel with abrasive cleaners or sponges, because this will create permanent scratches.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon dish detergent
  • 1 quart hot tap water

  • 3 to 5 soft, clean cloths or towels

  • Rinse water

  • Nylon scrubbing pad (optional)

  • Lemon oil or stainless steel polish

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