Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

I love the look of stainless steel appliances in a kitchen. Let me rephrase that. I love the look of clean stainless steel appliances in kitchens.

I have tried many products for cleaning the fingerprints, smudges and water spots off of the appliance fronts.
Unfortunately, I have found that they don't all do what they promise, and despite my best efforts, I find myself face to face with a dirty-looking refrigerator or stove.
So, while searching for a homemade solution to my dilemma, I came across a single ingredient stainless steel cleaner... EVOO.  Okay, it doesn't have to be Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Any olive oil will do.

Using oil to remove grime? As strange as it sounded, I thought I may as well give it a try.  It wasn't going to cost me anything.  I am so glad I did.
All you have to do is put a little olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the surface with the grain.
You may have to use a little "elbow grease" to get the smudges off.  Going over it with a clean cloth afterward really makes it shine.

The result is a shiny, sparkly, smudge-free appliance you can be proud to show off.  Happy Cleaning!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties!

19 comments:

  1. I know this really works, I do it too.

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  2. I have got to try this! I agree that nothing else really works.

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  3. You are a lifesaver! We just got a stainless steel fridge last week and I've been going crazy trying to keep it clean...especially with 3 kids! I'm going to try this today! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Wow who would of thought, something we have on hand would clean. I will be trying this for sure. I really do not like stainless steel for this reason, always fingerprints! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  5. I'm back to say - it works!!! Thank you for sharing your brilliance! :)

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  6. Great tip! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Sounds like a great tip! I have used furniture polish & that works pretty well, but the olive oil sounds better. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this great and natural tip for cleaning stainless steel with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
      Debi Bolocofsky
      www.adornedfromabove.com

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  9. Thanks!!! WWE are moving, building a new home and will ahve all SS appliances! XO, Pinky PS, PLEASE turn off the word verification, you are probably losing comments. many bloggers won't leave a comment if they ahve to do this.

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  10. I tried your tip today on my stainless steel fridge. I had no EVOO so used vegetable oil! It worked... but I guess vegetable oil tastes good to my Lab, cause he decided to lick it and covered it with dog slobber... Perhaps I didn't rub it off enough after??? :(

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  11. Thank you, thank you!! We recently purchased a stainless fridge, and it is driving me CRAZY! I've been using Pledge (another trick I heard about), and it works ok but not great. I'm going to give this a try ASAP!

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  12. Great tip, thanks so much for sharing! I'm going to be giving this a try this evening :)

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  13. If you have had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
    PC Richard & Son

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  14. I see you posted this in August. Now that you have had a little while to use this tip do you find that the oil smells rancid? My sister just bought a new frig and I would like to pass this on to her, but she will kill me if her kitchen starts to smell funky.

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  15. You may not believe it, but in my case, I use baby oil to clean my stainless steel utensils. I wipe and polish them thoroughly on the stainless steel surface. After doing so, I’ll swab them with a dry cloth to remove oil streaks. It is said that the oil liquefies and dilutes stains, thus living the surface blemish free. :]

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  16. try baby oil and one of those soft clothes, works like a dream and smells nice too.

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  17. I use Old English furniture oil - works great!!

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