How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally

When appliance-shopping, you have plenty of exterior finish choices and most of them are good. It seems many of the best refrigerators are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel appliance finishes won’t “date” your interior design. (Years later, hapless homeowners were forced to admit harvest gold and avocado green appliances are kitchen décor don’ts.)

Stainless steel appliances are timeless.

Stainless Steel Cleaner Choices

Products to clean stainless steel are abundant; the top commercial cleaners and polishes* include:

  • 3M – $11.49
  • Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser – $8.49
  • Bon Ami – $9.49
  • Howard Natural – $9.99
  • Magic – $4.79
  • Therapy – $14.97
  • Weiman – $14.48

Aerosols are very flammable and the containers pose an environmentally difficult disposal problem. Ingredients can include petroleum, sorbitan oleate, ethanolamine, and isobutane.

Powder cleaners/polishers can have eco-friendlier ingredients (including corn alcohol, xanthan gum, citric acid, and epsom salts) but may damage brushed stainless steel.

Some wipe-on stainless steel applications require a lot of elbow grease and all of them are pricier than the most natural stainless steel products you can create yourself.

3 Natural Stainless Steel Cleaners: Affordable with Minimal Carbon Footprint

HGTV’s Erica Reitman says her experience with commercial cleaners was frustrating: “They create streaks, don’t clean anything and often left my refrigerator looking like a crime scene.”

DIY (do-it-yourself) solutions using olive oil are beneficial to the environment, so a favorite application is vinegar and olive oil. (But club soda cleaners swear by their club soda solution.)

Here are three formulas:

1. Club Soda

  1. Put club soda in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray your appliance.
  3. Using a microfiber cloth, rub in the direction of the grain to polish and shine your appliance.

2. Dish Soap/Baby Oil

  1. Clean appliance with dish soap.
  2. Put a small amount of baby oil on a microfiber cloth.
  3. Move the cloth in the direction of the grain to polish and shine your appliance.

3. Vinegar/Olive Oil

  1. Put any amount white vinegar in a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray appliance and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
  3. Dip your cloth into a small amount of olive oil.
  4. Move the cloth in the direction of the grain to polish and shine your appliance.

What Not to Use on Stainless Steel

Never, ever, ever use steel wool or scouring pads on your stainless steel appliances. Don’t use those sponges that are half-sponge, half plastic abrasive material either.

Use a microfiber cloth to clean and polish your stainless steel appliances. Other don’ts include:

  • Avoid prolonged skin contact with vinegar. It’s not hazardous and leaves a minimal carbon footprint, but vinegar can be an irritant.
  • Don’t reuse cleaning bottles. Put your vinegar, water, or club soda in a clean bottle and use a marker to clearly label them. Mixing vinegar with another chemical cleaner’s residue could actually be dangerous.
  • Don’t use chlorine-based cleaners or anything with chloride as an ingredient.
  • If you have hard water, consider using purified water for cleaning stainless steel appliances.
  • Never use an oven cleaner on appliances’ external stainless steel finishes.

Sub-Zero Experts LA

It’s important to understand kitchen appliances have a shelf life. It’s also important to rely on Sub-Zero service professionals for that particular brand repair.

But we service all makes and models of kitchen equipment. Whether it’s Sub-Zero or another brand, we can explain how to get the most out of your kitchen equipment and share ways to maximize performance.

Call 424.227.5900 or contact Sub-Zero Experts LA with any questions. We have the answers.

*We do not recommend nor endorse any products featured here. Prices are from 28 Jan. 2020.