How to Make a Cleaner for Stainless Steel

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When you make your own natural cleaning solutions, you save money and reduce your impact on the environment. Brushed stainless steel appliances can be cleaned without expensive chemical-laden products. Stainless steel pots, pans and coffee makers can also be cleaned with inexpensive, easy-to-make natural solutions. Add a fresh, clean scent to your home made stainless steel cleaner with inexpensive extracts found in the bakery aisle of the grocery store.

How to Make a Cleaner for Stainless Steel
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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Extract for fragrance
  • Spray bottle
Step 1

Mix one part vegetable oil with one part water and two parts white vinegar. Shake well before each use.

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Step 2

For fragrance, add 10 to 15 drops lemon, orange or vanilla extract.

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Step 3

Wash brushed stainless steel with hot, soapy water going with the grain.

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Step 4

Shake the stainless steel cleaner and spray on the stainless steel. Polish with the grain with a clean, dry cloth.

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Step 5

For built-up grease, use undiluted vinegar on a cloth to remove the grime and polish with the spray.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe stainless steel appliances with a damp dish cloth every time you do dishes to keep them clean and looking new.
  • Do not use abrasives, such as salt or baking soda, on brushed stainless steel. It will wear down the brushed steel and create a scratched and unsightly surface. However, baking soda can be used as an abrasive cleanser for the insides of stainless steel pots and pains to remove stains.
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