Homemade Cleaner for Stainless Steel Appliances

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Stainless steel appliances are the current craze in new kitchen appliances. Everything from the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and even smaller appliances like mixers and blenders are all being made in this shiny, futuristic-looking finish.

While the new appliances have a nice, high reflective finish, a few years of wear will remove some of the protective coating and make the surface more susceptible to showing fingerprints and water spots. A number of commercial cleaners are on the market, but they can be costly, toxic to children and pets, and generally packaged in non-recyclable containers.

You can help the environment and your pocketbook by making your own stainless steel cleaner from common household ingredients.

1. Water and a soft cloth – For routine cleaning, a spray of warm water and buffing with a soft cloth will remove most fingerprints and water spots. Wipe immediately and dry with a microfiber or soft cloth to prevent water stains.

2. Dishwashing Liquid – Any mild dishwashing liquid without ammonia mixed with warm water can remove stubborn spots. Clean with the damp solution and a soft cloth. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any traces of soap. Polish with a soft cloth.

3. Vinegar – Fill a spray bottle with undiluted vinegar. Spray the surface, rub gently, and wipe off with a soft cloth. The acetic acid in the vinegar cuts the oils left by fingerprints.

4. Baking Soda – Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with enough mild dishwashing soap to make a paste. Apply the mixture using a sponge and rub the area well. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft cloth. For a higher gloss, finish off with the undiluted vinegar spray mentioned above.

4. Olive oil or club soda – Dampen a sponge with a drop or two of either olive oil or club soda. After using any cleaning method above, polish the surface with either ingredient. Clean the surface with a paper towel if too oily.

Benefits of homemade cleaners:
• No extra packaging to dispose of
• Safe for the environment
• Safe around children and pets
• Saves money

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