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Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Tired of dealing with greasy smudges and endless fingerprints on your stainless steel appliances? The idea of spending $10 or more for a commercial stainless steel cleaner and poilsh might not feel any better.

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Good news! You can skip the store-bought stainless steel cleaners, and make your own highly effective cleaner and polish using items you probably have already. Read on to learn how to create your own stainless steel cleaner for pennies and avoid buying expensive commercial cleaners.

Never use your other go-to cleaning products on stainless steel, like oven cleaners or chlorine-based cleaners. They are harsh and abrasive and can permanently damage your stainless steel. You also may have run across many other ways to clean stainless steel—including using furniture polish, flour, or glass cleaner, for example—and though there may be merit to these methods, they could be messy to use and require other precautions.

One last thing: NEVER use the green scrubber side of a Scotchbrite sponge on stainless. That green option will scratch stainless like you wouldn’t believe! Instead, if you must scrub stainless, use the blue Scotchbrite sponge option. It is plastic and scratch-free.

Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish

You will need:

  • 16-oz. spray bottle
  • 1 1/3 cups white vinegar
  • 5 drops Blue Dawn dishwashing detergent
  • 2/3 cup water

To make:

Start with a clean spray bottle. Pour in white vinegar, Blue Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent, and water. Apply the spray top and shake to mix. 

To use:

Shake to mix then spray on stainless steel appliances. Wipe with a microfiber cloth or sponge to clean; rinse well then buff with a dry cloth to shine.

Be sure to label this product clearly, as you do not want to use it on natural countertops of granite, marble or stone because it contains vinegar. 

You can spend upwards of $10 for a 16-oz. bottle of Weiman or 3M cleaner for stainless appliances, or make it yourself for just pennies.

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