How to Clean a Stainless Steel Fridge

Follow these tips for a smudge- free and fingerprint-free refrigerator

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A stainless steel refrigerator offers a clean, modern look for your kitchen. Learning how to clean your stainless steel appliances will help you keep your kitchen clean, avoid unnecessary wear, and make routine home maintenance easier. One of the most irritating issues posed by stainless steel kitchen appliances is the problem with fingerprints. Certain cleaning products and strategies can prevent this. Keep your stainless steel refrigerator beautiful by using these tips.


Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Stainless steel cleaner

  • Stainless steel polish, petroleum jelly or WD-40

  • Mineral oil

  • All purpose cleaner

  • Sponges or cleaning rags

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Avoid abrasive cleansers. Those may damage your appliance.

1. Empty food from the refrigerator

Clean the inside of the stainless steel fridge as you would any other refrigerator. Empty the food. Wash all surfaces. Dry thoroughly. Put any shelves or bins back in place.

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2. Clean the exterior with rubbing alcohol

Use straight rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth to clean the exterior of your stainless steel refrigerator. Rubbing alcohol works well, and it does not leave streaks. Expect the finish of your stainless steel to look dull after this step.

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3. Buff the exterior with polish

Apply an oil based product. You can purchase stainless steel polishes or use petroleum jelly, mineral oil, or WD-40. Any of these products will restore the shine and protect the surface of your stainless steel fridge.


Buff the surface with the polish or oil until the surface is shiny. Do this until the cloth comes away dry from the refrigerator. Buffing a polish or oil based product into the stainless steel will help prevent fingerprints from showing. That will keep the surfaces looking clean longer

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4. Touch up with mineral oil when needed

You're done! Between cleanings or whenever needed, use a cloth with a bit of mineral oil to touch up fingerprints.


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Keeping your stainless steel fridge well polished will prevent fingerprints and discoloration.