Stainless Steel Appliances

Updated on October 08, 2008
M.B. asks from Ballwin, MO
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Does anyone have any tricks on cleaning stainless appliances? I use windex to clean them and then soda water for the streaks. And I still have streaks and I use half a roll of paper towels, It takes forever and still doesnt look great. There has to be a better way. Any ideas? Thanks!

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N.H.

answers from Wichita on

there is a products called "simple green stainless steal cleaner polisher" My mother cleans houses for others and she feels that this works the best for her

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H.H.

answers from Kansas City on

I don't think you are supposed to use windex on the new stainless steel appliances. There is a stainless steel cleaner that you use. You might try vinegar and water to get the windex build-up off of them. I don't have all stainless steel but microwave is. I just use water and dry it to get the streaks off.

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A.R.

answers from Springfield on

Clean sink thoroughly with Bar Keeper's Friend...rinse well.

Clean other appliances with just a wet washcloth and a bit of dishwashing soap, then rise with clean water and dry.

Then put a small amount of vegitable oil on a soft cloth and buff them....

They will look like new !

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A.K.

answers from Springfield on

Put a little WD-40 on a clean cloth...wipe your stainless steel...you'll be amazed. Cleans great and keeps finger prints to a min.

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C.S.

answers from Kansas City on

I've used the stainless steel cleaners and they work pretty well. One trick though is to use an old tshirt instead of papertowels. Another trick is to just use baby oil. Don't use very much, but it will take the streaks away!

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J.H.

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Molly,
I haven't checked your responses yet, but according to my husband...WD-40 works great on Stainless Steel. We have stainless steel appliances, but are still using the cleaner that came with them. Funny that I read my email today, because it was just last night, while we were jointly cleaning the kitchen. (Yes, I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband that believes he should share the cleaning responsibilities!) Anyway, out of the blue he said..."You know, all you need is a can of WD-40 to clean stainless steel."
Hope this works for you. Best wishes, J.

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E.S.

answers from St. Louis on

Wipe your appliances down with white vinegar...it's cheap and leaves it streak free! I saw this on HGTV and it works perfectly!!

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D.M.

answers from Kansas City on

I have a product called Stainless Steel Magic, that is good! I like it on my stainless steel sink too! I think we got it at Home Depot when we got our s.s. refrigerator!

Good Luck

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F.P.

answers from St. Louis on

Molly,

I use a product called De solve it that is for stainless steel appliances and it works great. I use a paper towel and get no streaks and you can find it at Dierbergs. I dont remember how much it cost but there are products out there for stainless steel that work fine. Hope this helps.
F.

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T.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Try vinegar and water or Pledge Multisurface (in the blue bottle). It's expensive, but it doesn't streak. I like to use a slightly damp dishtowel to wipe it off.

Good Luck!
T.

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C.C.

answers from St. Louis on

Sam's sells a stainless steel cleaner... back in the janitorial section. It comes in a 3-pack of aerosol cans. Wonderful stuff! I clean a church and use it all the time on the sinks and drinking fountains. You just spray some on a cloth and wipe it.

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C.H.

answers from Joplin on

Spray the appliance with WD-40 and wipe with a paper towel

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V.M.

answers from Wichita on

I also have new applainces that are stainless steel. Since I am all about saving the dollar bill in my house I have used the easy rememdies you have stated and had the same results. I use a stainless steel polich that I go at walmart. It was about four dollars for a can of the stuff. It is an spray on stuff and the can is gray/silver. After you get it clean use this stuf and polich your appliances with a paper towel. No more streaks no more finger prints. I have a 12 year old a 6 year old and a 2 year old. The can't make anymore ugly fingerprints or write there names or leave me drawing on my stainless fridge or my stailess ovens. The one can has lasted me for over a year so far and I only use it once a month if I get time. try it it works.

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B.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Baking soda, just make a paste of it with water and rub it on the area. Leave it for a few minutes and wipe off with a clean towel/washcloth and water.

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S.

answers from St. Louis on

They make stanless steel cleaner. You only have to use a little bit. We have had our appliances maybe a year or more and we have not had to buy any (we got a decent size sample bottle). It's great, you just put a little on a paper towel and wipe it down.

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J.B.

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Molly,

I know what a pain stainless steel appls can be!! I use a Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish Spray. I believe I got it at Wal-Mart. If you don't want to use spray, in the same section, there are wipes. Hope that helps.:) ~J.

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L.H.

answers from St. Louis on

Go to Mobile Express ( the one with the fancy schmancy car wash) go in 7 get a can on Sonny's Auto Glass cleaner. That stuff will clean just about everything. I haven't tried it on stainless yet but its definitly worth a shot. BTW why the heck do they call it 'stainless' when stuff like that happens LOL. Good luck.

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B.S.

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Have you tried plain old white vinegar and water ? It is the cheapest "greenest" solution I know, and vinegar not only is streak free, but it kills almost as many germs as bleach.

For an alternative to glass and all-purpose cleaner, I make my own solution. It's not any "greener", but is way cheaper (just pennies for a whole gallon) and doesn't usually streak on anything. I got the recipe from a guy at work who got it from a neighbor, etc. LOL. So it's been around for generations.

Into a clean gallon jug (like what you buy distilled water in) put:

1 tsp. of dish washing liquid, (I use a brand that is good at cutting grease)
1/4 to 1/2 cup ammonia
1 (16 ounce) bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

Fill the jug to the top with COLD water. Do NOT use hot water. The steam rising from it will have ammonia in it and burn your eyes and nose !
Put the lid on the jug and shake a little to mix it up.
Pour mixture into a clean spray bottle and clean, clean, clean ! :o)

I also like to pour the whole thing into a bucket and use it to mop my floors.

It's so cheap to make !

Keep it OUT OF CHILDREN'S REACH please !

If stored in the gallon jug, it can look for all the world like something good to drink. So keep it in a child safe area.

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L.K.

answers from Kansas City on

try the Scotch brand stainless steel cleaning kit. it works
great.

get used to it, kiddo. men, it seems, are genetically
programmed to NOT do housework!! and sometimes they are
worse than the kids when it comes to trashing the place! :)

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J.G.

answers from St. Louis on

I used to have a stainless steel cook top. It was a nightmare to clean because anything too abrasive would damage the surface. I used the Mr. Clean magic erasers to get off all the stuff my family didn't seem to notice was being burned on. My fridge is stainless steal and I just wipe it down with dawn and water then rinse and dry. I never have streaks. I do remember being told that armor all is good for protecting it but I can't remember from what. My biggest problem at the moment is kids finger prints always being on the fridge.

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J.H.

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I have used various stainless steel cleaners. What I like the best is not what I use but the cloth used to clean it. I use a cloth shammy/chamois (I haven't tried a leather one). It's made to get cars spotless so why not other things that are metal?

I cut the cloth in parts. One I use to help clean after applying the stainless steel cleaner. The other part I use to help get the cleaner off and further polish it. The one with the cleaner I have used over and over with just a little water without spraying more cleaner. If the appliance is really dirty I reapply the cleaner. Otherwise I just use shammy slightly damp. I'm sure you could use vinegar water as well. I have also used plain water and a microfiber cloth. I only use the stainless steel cleaner if the appliance has a lot of smudges or streaks. Otherwise the microfiber cloth seems to work well with a little water as well. Some materials like paper towels might be more prone to scratch the appliance and they won't polish as well.

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C.G.

answers from Columbia on

I haven't read the other responses so someone has probably already suggested this, but there is specific cleaner for stainless appliances. It works great. I'm not home right now, or I would give you the name. If you still want the name, reply to me on Mon. and I can give it to you then when I am home. I'm pretty sure you can find a general stainless cleaner though at a regular store.

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Z.C.

answers from Joplin on

I don't know if it will work on appliances but it works on cookware. the Pampered Chef has a new cleaner for the Stainless Steel cookware. HTH.

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A.M.

answers from Wichita on

i just use regular dish water to clean my stainless steel fridge, then dry and wipe it down with a papertowel and mineral oil. Most stainless steel cleaners are mostly mineral oil.

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S.L.

answers from Kansas City on

There is a powder type cleanser that is just for stainless steel. It works really well and I just use it with a wet cloth and then dry with a dry cloth.

Suzi

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K.S.

answers from Kansas City on

I read somewhere that WD-40 will clean stainless steel.

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L.K.

answers from Kansas City on

I personally don't have stainless steel but I clean a ladies house who does. I just use the "Green Works Mult-Purpose Cleaner" and it works great. Good Luck!

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B.G.

answers from St. Louis on

I use WD40. The lady at Sears told me about it. Smells a bit, but it does work. It doesn't take much.

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D.H.

answers from Kansas City on

Walmart sells stainless appliance cleaners. Check them out, you may get lucky. Good luck and God Bless.

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K.P.

answers from Wichita on

Ditto on the stuff from Sam's. The brand is Sprayway, and it's very inexpensive. They also make a window cleaner that's sold at Sam's, too. I believe you can buy individual cans of these products at places like Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens n Things, but buying the multi-packs at Sam's is much cheaper. I saw on an HGTV program that you can use cooking oil to clean stainless steel, also, but I've never tried it. It does make sense, though, as stainless steel cleaners are oil-based.

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E.S.

answers from Kansas City on

This is easy for one that doesn't like housework. Use 1/4 t. of Shaklee Basic-H2 in 1 pint of water. Spray soiled area then wipe clean. Allow to dry. Or you can just use the Basic-H2 Wipes and wipe with a fresh towelette. Call ###-###-#### or [email protected]____.com for how to purchase. The good news is you can clean your windows spotless with just 2 drops in one pint of water and they will be streakless too. You can also clean your hard surface floors and counter tops with tiny amounts. Not only is it easy, but there are no chemicals for you two and the baby. No odor either. Just perfect and low cost. Liz

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C.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I have tried EVERY Stainless Steel cleaner on the market, and the one cleaner that seemed to work the best was Zep. You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes. Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Kansas City on

they make stainless steel wipes. we buy them at the walmart.

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N.P.

answers from Kansas City on

Method stainless steal cleaner or wipes work good too and they're environmentally friendly. You can get it at Target.

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A.L.

answers from St. Louis on

Molly,

They make a specail cleaner for it. you can get it at sears.I think home depot and MAYBE walmart. just ask! it is a liquid and you kinda do it like a wax. put it on and wipe it off. it is very good.

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L.J.

answers from Kansas City on

Basic H2 and a microfiber cloth...will leave absolutely no streaks!
(http://www.shaklee.net/J./product/00015)

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J.A.

answers from St. Louis on

Pledge duster works GREAT!

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