Check the manual: Before you clean a stainless steel appliance, it’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Gather your supplies: Cleaning is easier when you have all of your supplies together and ready to go.
Determine the direction the grain: Like wood, Stainless steel also has a grain. Look closely. It will either be running horizontally or vertically. To clean your stainless steel, rub in the direction of that grain.
To get your stainless steel appliances and fixtures sparkling clean here are some great DIY stainless steel cleaner recipes you can make at home.
Try vinegar: Wet a soft cloth (microfiber works best) with a diluted solution of 2 parts water to 1 part of vinegar. Wipe the entire surface from top to bottom, in a clockwise motion. Follow with a dry cloth to wipe the area until completely dry.
Polish with Olive Oil: To prevent smudges and fingerprints use olive oil. Apply a few drops of olive oil on a soft microfiber cloth. Wipe your stainless steel appliances in the direction of the grain.
A Baking Soda Scrub: Stainless steel pots and pans or countertops typically need a bit more attention. Make a soft paste out of baking soda and water and apply to the stain, allowing it to sit for about 20 minutes. Then, scrub the area with a cloth dampened in a solution of water and dish soap. It’s important to use a soft cloth and work parallel with the grain to avoid scratches. Be sure to fully rinse and dry.
Add Shine with Coconut Oil: A small amount of coconut oil will give your stainless steel a nice shine. Use a soft cloth to buff.
The Steam Clean: To sterilize stainless steel, you can also use a steam cleaner with a nozzle attachment. The steam will disinfect the surface, which can then be wiped dry with a soft cloth. Stainless steel can scratch easily so avoid using a brush attachment or any stiff cleaning tools.