Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel

A few years ago I had stainless steel appliances in my apartment and anytime they needed to be polished up, I simply used an aerosol cleaner that I purchased from the grocery store. It worked great actually.

Fast forward a few years, and I now have my very own stainless steel appliances in my house but I also have a wild toddler running around. Needless to say, the cleaner wasn't cutting it against the greasy, cheese covered and sticky fingerprints.

I can't remember where I first heard about it, but supposedly one of the best things that cleans stainless steel is--are you ready?? Olive oil. Yes, plain old olive oil right out of your pantry.

Here is a close up shot of some of my little man's "finger art."

Last weekend I decided to give the olive oil method a try. And I was not disappointed!

I used extra virgin olive oil because that's what we had on hand.

I put a little bit on a paper towl and it instantly erased all of the smudges.

You can see the difference from the bottom of the door where I used the olive oil versus the top of the door.

Amazing right? In this picture, the left side is clean and the right is still dirty. What a difference!

After rubbing out the smudges with the olive oil I went back over with a dry paper towel to buff it all out.

Oh and another perk? The faint bit of olive oil that remains after buffing actually resists new smudges, so you don't need to clean it that often.

What you do you use to clean your stainless steel? Any other crazy methods out there? I would love to hear them :)

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  1. Wow! This is a cool trick. Does it ruin the stainless steal at all? Glad we could meet through the link up. Check out:

    1. Nope, just make sure you are wiping with the grain :)

  2. What?! Olive oil?! How amazing. I would never ever think that. I have been using the stainless steel wipes because I have yet to find a homemade cleaner that works. You know I am going to try this one.

    1. It's fantastic! I couldn't stand the smell of the commercial cleaner so I'm so much happier with this :)

  3. Great tip. I'll have to give it a try soon.


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