Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works

If you’ve ever tried to clean the gunk off your stainless steel appliances, you know how frustrating and expensive it can be. I’m not sure how I found out about this trick to clean stainless steel fridge fronts, but it works. I didn’t want to buy expensive stainless steel cleaner at the store, so I went with this method. 

Before
Before
After
After

We have a little stainless steel fridge in our mud room which started to look awful with brownish stains (I’m guessing calcium/water stains) on the front door. Naturally, nothing would work to clean it. A year ago, I took this little idea and cleaned the entire door with things that most of us already have in the house.

This year, I had to touch up the door to eliminate some new stains so I wanted to post the 5-minute process.

You’ll need:

  • a dryer sheet (preferably unused–the softener softens the gunk on the stainless)
  • some baby oil (if you prefer olive or cooking oil, that is fine, too)
  • a soft or microfiber rag
  • water (in a bowl or container)

That’s it! Here’s what to do:

stained stainless

 

Take a half of an unused dryer sheet, dampen it, start scrubbing the stains (takes elbow grease).

cleaning eraser

 

Then, scrub away softened stains with a cleaning eraser. Though you should go with the grain, I did not in my efforts to eliminate the stains.)

 

wipe stainless steel
Wipe down the surface with plain water on a soft cloth, then dry the surface with another clean, soft cloth.

 

Dab some baby oil (or olive oil) on a soft, clean and dry rag or microfiber rag.
Dab some baby oil (or olive oil) on a soft, clean and dry rag or microfiber rag.
Buff on the oil and go with the grain. (Don't douse the surface in oil, just buff in a few drops to bring out the shine of the stainless).
Buff on the oil and go with the grain. (Don’t douse the surface in oil, just buff in a few drops to bring out the shine of the stainless).
A beautiful shine.
A beautiful shine.

~Marilyn, TFF