What adds insult to injury is the harsh chemical cleaning products that promise to return our stainless steel appliances to their showroom origins. With the hefty price tags of these cleaners, and their pestilential nature, why own anything stainless steel? Do we really want those adorable little toddler mouths and fingertips in contact with the cosmetically fragile contraptions, coated with chemical cleaners?
Here is a 'how to' on how to clean stainless steel appliances without harmful chemicals for a flawless finish!
Step 1: Understanding the direction of the grain
Will your appliance be ruined if you do not clean in the direction of the grain? Nope. Nothing dramatic will happen! Only that If you wipe perpendicular to the grain, more cleaning residue (mixed with any grime already on the steel) may get deeper into the tiny little crevices of the grain. For optimal shininess, its best to go with the grain.
This rule applies to any cleaning agent you use on any piece of stainless steel.
Step 2: Gathering Supplies
- Dish soap. Here I used "Dawn"
- Baby oil or any mineral oil
- stained steel
Step 3: Cleaning
Apply a small amount to your cleaning rag. Rinse with a small amount of water, just enough to make your rag damp
Wipe along the grain line of your appliance. For extra stubborn fingerprints, you may need to go over the area a few times.
When thoroughly finished cleaning an area, dry any water marks with a dry towel.
Step 4: Polishing
Put a *small* amount of mineral oil or baby oil on your second rag. Really, a couple of drops will be more than sufficient!
Similar to cleaning, follow the grain of your steel, and move in either direction.
Polishing the steel in this way will give you optimal results.
Step 5: You're done!
Your rag, on the other hand, needs to be tossed in the washer