How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Without Leaving Streaks

Fred's Appliance
November 12, 2014


Stainless steel appliances have become an increasingly popular trend in both residential and commercial kitchens. Whether it’s a refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave, or all the above, you can’t go wrong with this modern style. Stainless steel has a brilliant metallic finish that enhances the surrounding décor. And since it’s non-porous, it doesn’t harbor bacteria and germs like other materials.


One complaint that many homeowners report with stainless steel appliances, however, is the presence of streaks left behind after cleaning. Even so-called “stainless steel” cleaning sprays and foams may leave unsightly streaks. While this isn’t going to impact the function of your appliances, it can certainly take away from their aesthetic value. So, how do you can stainless steel appliances without leaving streaks?


Contrary to what some people may believe, there’s no single best type of cleaning product for stainless steel appliances. Since each and every appliance is manufactured differently, it may take some trial and error to determine which product is suited for your appliances.


If you haven’t done so already, try cleaning your stainless steel appliances using white apple cider vinegar. Most grocery stores sell this stuff in large bottles and jugs for a couple bucks a piece, making it an inexpensive cleaning solution for your dirty appliances. You can either apply it to a lint-free microfiber cloth or directly on the appliance, followed by wiping it in the direction of the grain. Once you’ve wiped away all of the vinegar, you should notice a sparkling-clean surface.


You might be surprised to learn that Dawn dish soap can be used to clean stainless steel appliances. It fights germs, removes oil and grease, is easy on the skin, and it’s also inexpensive. Squeeze a small amount on a wet microfiber cloth and wipe down your appliances, going with the grain. If there are any marks or smudges remaining, remove them with a dry washcloth.


Club soda can even be used to clean stainless steel appliances. Spray it directly on the surface of your appliances and wipe with the grain using a microfiber cloth. Assuming it’s pure, unadulterated club soda, it shouldn’t leave any residue or streaks behind.


Of course, you can always try one of the dozens of different steel cleaning products sold at your local home improvement store as well. These products often contain harsh chemicals, though, so open a nearby window to ventilate your kitchen.

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