Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. You frequently see this on the dishwasher (so many water stains) and the handles of the refrigerator (hello overuse).
So, to restore your flat and dirty appliances back to their happy, shiny, robot-looking selves. What was the easiest, quickest way to get it looking new again?
Conventional wisdom holds that pots and pans should be given a good soak. But every metal has different properties and requires special care. Stainless steel is prone to stains from heat and hard water. To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub. Always dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming. Never soak stainless steel cookware; this will result in pitted surfaces.
What You Need:
Vinegar (in a spray bottle works best)
Paper towels (optional)
Very soft or microfiber cloth
Mineral Oil (or other oil of your choice—I used olive oil)
- Gather your supplies and determine the direction of the grain: I know that we usually reserve the term “grain” for wood; however, stainless steel also has a grain. Look closely. It will either be running horizontally or vertically. To clean your stainless steel, rub in the direction of that grain.
- Do a preliminary clean of your appliance with vinegar: Spray your appliance liberally with vinegar. Using either a paper towel or a very soft cloth wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This should remove the initial debris from your appliance and start to shine it up a bit.
- Use oil to make it shine: Dip your soft cloth into a little bit of oil. You don’t need a ton as you can always come back for more. Now, polish your appliance with your oiled-up cloth in the direction of the grain. You will start to see all of the marks disappear! Now you have a shiny new appliance again!