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One of the best things about having an up-to-date and modern kitchen is stainless steel appliances. They look fabulous and coordinate well with other design elements of your kitchen, from your flooring to your countertops. Stainless steel appliances may resist rust. However, they aren’t great at resisting fingerprints, water stains, or grime. It seems as if these fantastic appliances are anything but stainless.

If you are fortunate enough to have stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, you may be looking for new ways to keep your stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher looking fantastic. When it comes to how to clean your stainless steel appliances, it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you want to make it really easy, you can always let the professionals at Bee Maids handle it for you.

Bee Maids professional house cleaning services have experienced staff that can take care of all of your house cleaning needs. From deep cleaning to recurring cleaning services, we can help take the stress out of these chores and save you valuable time. If you are looking for a professional touch when it comes to your home, let Bee Maids show you how clean your house can be. From fingerprints on your refrigerator to having clean stove drip pans, your house will shine from top to bottom.

If you are waiting for your initial cleaning from Bee Maids and want to get a jump start on sprucing up your stainless steel, check out these fantastic ideas to tackle it yourself. You’ll love these home remedies for how to clean stainless steel appliances.

Vinegar and Oil

Bottle of vinegar sitting on counter next to stove with a glove and sponge next to bottle.

No, it’s not something you put on your sandwich or salad. Believe it or not, it’s a fool-proof way to get your stainless steel clean. Using white vinegar and a microfiber cloth, you’ll have your stainless steel looking shiny and new in no time. Either spray white vinegar on your stainless steel surface or apply it directly to your microfiber cloth. After letting it sit for a minute, wipe the vinegar and grime away in the direction of the grain.

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Once the surface is clean and you have wiped the vinegar away, it’s time to polish. Dab a clean cloth in a little bit of olive oil, and then polish in the direction of the grain. You’ll love the shiny appearance the olive oil gives, as well as how easy this method is to use.


Of all of the DIY stainless steel cleaning techniques, this one may be the most unusual. Since it can be a messy job, it’s best to save this method for your stainless steel sink. Clean your sink thoroughly before using the flour. Once it is clean and dry, dump flour all over it. Use however much flour you’d like, and then use a soft cloth in a buffing motion until it shines.

This unconventional yet effective method is simple and surprisingly useful. Try using this technique with your stainless steel pots and pans as well.

Dish Soap and Baby Oil

As you can tell by reading this, cleaning your stainless steel appliances is easy. You can do it with some simple items you likely already have on hand. Dish soap and baby oil is a winning combination. You can also substitute mineral oil if you prefer.

Use a clean, damp cloth with dish soap to clean your appliances. Clean with the grain to wipe away fingerprints, grime, and grease. The dish soap does an excellent job of cleaning while priming the surface for polish. Once the appliance is clean, dry it off with a towel.

You’re ready to polish the surface once everything is clean and dry. Add a few small drops of baby or mineral oil to a second clean, dry cloth. Once again, polish along with the grain. The oil will create a shiny surface that will look as good as new.

Household Cleaners

Cleaning products you have on hand for other areas of your home can also work well to clean your stainless steel. Try lemon oil furniture polish. Apply the furniture polish directly to your clean cloth, never the appliance itself. Rub your appliance clean by going with the grain, and then wipe it off with a towel.

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Glass cleaner can also be a fantastic help for removing fingerprints. Once again, apply the cleanser to your rag first, instead of directly onto your surface. After you scrub the appliance, wipe it down with a clean, dry towel.

Like most people, you likely have a can of WD-40 sitting around in the garage. While this method may be unconventional, it works. Spray onto your appliance or your rag, and wipe your surface clean. Not only will you clean your appliance, but the WD-40 also leaves a protective layer that aids in keeping fingerprints away.

Drip Pans

hands wearing rubber gloves while removing soap from stove top range green with microfiber rag

Don’t neglect your drip pans while you are busy cleaning your stainless steel appliances. Drip pans can get dirty in a hurry but don’t worry. You can get them clean in no time. With baking soda, dish soap, and boiling water, you can remove the grime and black film that has taken over your drip pans.

After removing all drip pans except one, boil a large pot of water. Add ¼ cup of baking soda to the boiling water, and then drop the drip pans into the pot. Let the drip pans soak in the boiling water mixture for thirty minutes before dumping out into the sink to cool under running water. Finish the task by using soap and water to remove any leftover grime. Once clean, dry off the drip pans and put them back into the stove top.

Know When It’s Time to Call a Professional

While these tried and true methods are effective, regularly cleaning your stainless steel appliances might be better suited for the professionals at Bee Maids. You’ll love how much personal time you’ll get back by using our services. And your home will look fantastic.

Contact us today and see how we can be of service. We look forward to working with you and cleaning your home with expertise and care.