How To Clean Stainless Steel

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Today I have a great tutorial on how to clean stainless steel naturally with no harsh chemicals!  If you have stainless steel appliances, I am sure you struggle with keeping them clean, with three boys it’s almost impossible in our household.  However, I found the easiest solution and it won’t break the bank!  I’ve been using vinegar for years to clean and just recently came upon the baby oil trick for polishing!

How to Naturally Clean Stainless Steel

Here are a few before pictures with streaks, water marks and smudges that seem impossible to get off.

How to clean stainless steel naturally using vinegar and baby oil this is the before, you have to see the after! How to clean stainless steel naturally using vinegar and baby oil this is the before, you have to see the after! How to clean stainless steel naturally using vinegar and baby oil this is the before, you have to see the after!


All you need is 2 simple ingredients; White Distilled Vinegar
and baby oil, a spray bottle, and a soft cloth (microfiber is best).

Polish Stainless Steel using baby Oil

First, put the vinegar into a spray bottle, spray your appliances liberally with the vinegar. You can use a paper towel or a very soft cloth and wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This step will really clean the grime off. (If your appliances have any other surface other then stainless steal, dilute the vinegar when used on that material as it is acidic)

Remove grime with vinegar

Next, dip your soft cloth into a little bit of baby oil and polish your appliance, once again wipe in the direction of the grain. You will start to see all of the marks disappear, turn your cloth over to the dry side and softly buff the surface.

How to naturally polish stainless steel with baby oil

Look, you have shiny new appliances again, don’t be afraid to use it on the toaster as well, anything with stainless steel will work.

Naturally clean any stainless steel appliance

How to naturally clean a stainless steel sink

Clean stainless steel with Vinegar and Baby Oil
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  1. Oh my goodness, Kristin, your post gave me a flashback! When I was growing up we had a stainless steel kitchen and every Saturday was buffing and cleaning day. When I was a kid I hated it but seeing your appliances shining so beautifully reminds me of why my Mom liked it so much. Thanks for sharing. xo

  2. Kristin, Thanks so much for sharing. This is so easy and no chemicals is the way to go. Thanks again. Pinning for reference.
    Happy New Year.

  3. You’re kitchen is stunning, Kristin! Even more beautiful with the stainless all shiny & clean! Wonderful natural tip I’ll be trying, Thanks!

  4. I Love the look of clean stainless appliances in the kitchen, I’ll have to try this since most of the day ours are growing smudges and fingerprints from the family and each evening I spend time working to get them off! Thanks for sharing & Happy New Year!

  5. This is fabulous because we ran out of stainless cleaner a while back and I was looking for how to DIY this. Your appliances are so shiny! Glad to be in this series with you, happy 2016 🙂

  6. I’ve heard about cleaning stainless steel with baby oil, but never tried it. Your suggestions seem to work quite good for me. After all that cooking and all the guests during the holidays, my kitchen looked like after a disaster. My kitchen appliances are all stainless steel and there are still spots on them I can’t clean entirely. So your ideas for cleaning with vinegar and baby oil sound great and I’m definitely trying this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love natural cleaning! I actually just did this same thing last week with my stainless steel appliances, although I used olive oil instead of baby oil. It definitely worked! Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from the Merry Monday link party

  8. Great tip – my stainless steel appliances always have little fingerprints on them. Pinning for future use, found you at Share It One Last Time! 🙂

  9. My mother had steel pots in my house, which I often thought about when I saw her condition, and I was worried about what to do with her. I didn’t know what to do. But after the steps you have given, a new wave of hope has run through me – may God reward you.

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