The Best Way To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

I love my stainless steel appliances. They are so sleek and shiny, and fit perfectly in my modern kitchen. But one thing I do not love about them is their ability to attract every fingerprint and smudge known to man. I’ll find myself looking into my kitchen and wondering how my appliances got so grimy-looking.

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If you’re like me and love the look of stainless steel appliances, but hate the smudges, here are some tips on how to clean stainless steel appliances and get those pesky streaks to disappear.


The great news about stainless steel appliances is that as easy it is to get the messy, it’s just as easy to clean them up! You can buy fancy stainless steel cleaning wipes, but you don’t really need to. Instead we’ll walk you through a few different household cleaners you’ll have around the house.

First up is the dish soap method. You’ll need one teaspoon of a dish soap of your choice and a bowl of hot water, as well as a microfiber cloth. Rub the the dish soap onto the surface of your stainless steel appliance in small areas, going with the grain. Rinse with the hot water and dry it off with a second clean cloth.

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If dish soap isn’t working for you, you can try using mineral oil to clean your appliances. Rub a light coating of mineral oil over the surface of the appliance, again going with the grain. Buff the surface of the appliance well with a microfiber cloth.

It’s important to note with this method that you should never use food-based oils like olive or vegetable oil. They can go bad and that brings a whole new set of problems and cleaning to deal with.

Your last home cleaning option is to use a window cleaner that doesn’t have vinegar in it, mixed with ammonia. Mix the two in a spray bottle, spray it on the surface of your appliances. Wipe it clean with a clean microfiber cloth.


One thing I learned about stainless steel is that there is technically a grain. If you notice there are streaks after you’ve cleaned your stainless steel, you’re probably cleaning against the grain of the metal. You also should clean in a horizontal motion, never a circular motion. Circular motions can cause streaks.

The best way to remove streaks from your stainless steel appliances is to ensure that you are using the correct cleaning motion and use a soft microfiber cloth when buffing your appliance.


As previously mentioned, never rub your cleaning cloth against the grain of the metal. Also, be careful what you use to wipe down your appliances. You should never use anything with a rough texture, such as a scrub brush, wire brush, or steel wool. This will leave permanent scratches in your stainless steel.

It’s important to use a lint-free cloth such as a microfiber cloth when cleaning, too. Other cloths may leave behind unwanted residue that will show up when you’re done cleaning.