How to Clean Stainless Steel


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Stainless steel is one of the most versatile and contemporary-looking metals for a wide range of objects—but only if it’s clean. Whether it’s a favorite kitchen appliance or a prized piece of jewelry, knowing how to clean stainless steel is one of those essential urban survival skills you’ll never regret having. Fortunately, like many dreaded household tasks, cleaning stainless steel is a lot less daunting than it sounds. To help you get started, here’s a simple, straightforward guide to keeping your stainless steel in top form, from full-scale kitchen deep cleans to brushing up your most prized metal accessories.

Read on to learn how to clean stainless steel with completely natural tools.

1. Prep Your Supplies

A resplendent piece of stainless steel can be achieved with just a few ingredients—and no harsh chemicals. To get started, simply gather the following:

2. Spray With Vinegar

Fill the spray bottle with vinegar, and then generously cover the surface of the stainless steel object. Vinegar is a natural, nontoxic cleansing agent that doesn’t have harsh or negative interactions with steel, so there’s no danger of overdoing it—spray away.

3. Wipe Down Surface

First, take a look at the object you’re about to clean. Most stainless-steel appliances, such as toasters, coffeemakers, and ovens, show what appears to be a “grain,” with the steel running either vertically or horizontally. For best results, take your cloth or paper towel and gently wipe down the object in the direction of the metal. If you can’t determine the grain of the metal, don’t fret—this is just an extra tip for how to clean stainless steel. Wiping in either direction will remove any dirt and debris.

4. Polish Surface With Oil

If we’ve learned anything from salad dressing, it’s that vinegar and oil can make the perfect pairing. This is also true when it comes to cleaning stainless steel. To make your item shine like new, gently dip your cloth or paper towel into a bit of oil, and then polish in the same direction you used for the previous step. As with vinegar, because oil is a nontoxic material with no harsh side effects, there’s no danger of overdoing it. Start small, but feel free to use as much as it takes for that sparkling finish.

5. Enjoy Restored Stainless Steel

After you’ve applied the oil, you’ll notice that any residue and grime should come off easily. If a lingering scent of either oil or vinegar remains, simply wipe down the surface with a dry cloth or paper towel.

Now that you know how to clean stainless steel, you can sit back and enjoy the luster of your kitchen—and know that the next time a kitchen adventure gets out of hand, cleaning up will be a breeze.

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