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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Without Streaks

Updated on April 27, 2013

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Figuring out how to clean stainless steel appliances without streaks can prove to be challenging. With so many of the new appliances big and small, stainless steel is a big favorite for that sleek modern look. That is until the fingerprints show up!

Most manufacturers usually recommend some type of expensive cleaners especially for their product, but is it really necessary to use those expensive cleaners to keep your new stainless steel appliances looking new? You might be surprised that you could get your appliances clean and give them that "new luster" with some simple products you probably already have in your kitchen.

Learn how to clean stainless steel appliances naturally using items like vinegar or baking soda. There might be a few other items you need to keep away those pesky streaks, so stick around to find out!

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Stainless Steel Gas Stove and Microwave - Stainless Steel vs. Black Enamel Cooktop

When we moved into our house it had newer stainless steel appliances and I love the look! Cleaning them can be a different story which is what led me to writing this lens. The stove top is actually a black enamel with cast iron grates as you can see and this does not clean the same as the stainless that is on the rest of the stove, so it is like cleaning two different surfaces. In the future if/when I buy another stove, it will be completely stainless.

The black enamel is almost impossible to make it look completely clean even with drying after cleaning. The rest of the stove is a breeze. For the Stainless steel parts of the stove and microwave some warm soapy water to cut the grease and then a couple of times a week I use a vinegar/water mixture and polish with a soft dry cloth to keep it looking shiny!

Sometimes cleaning can be a trial and error process but you do want to do a little research to make sure you don't use something that will harm whatever surface you are cleaning.

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Stainless Steel Microwaves

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Find a Stainless Steel microwave that you love and keeps your cleaning to a minimum! Stainless is a great choice if you are remodeling or thinking about selling, it helps with the resell value of your home and gives you that sleek updated look!

Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius "Prestige" 1.2 cuft 1200 Watt Sensor Microwave with Inverter Technology & Blue Readout Stainless Steel

Panasonic NN-SD372S 0.8 cuft 950-Watt Microwave with Inverter Technology Stainless Steel

Panasonic NN-SD962S Genius 2.2 cuft 1250-Watt Sensor Microwave with Inverter Technology Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Refrigerator - Tips for cleaning you might not think of...

I had always had a white or black refrigerator so learning the best way to clean a stainless steel fridge was a little challenging. Of course I turned to doing research on the web as many of us do when we want some varied opinions, and I thought I would save you some time by adding some short cleaning tips and/or tricks to cleaning your SS Fridge!

1) Windex (new formula) and a soft towel

2) EVOO or in plain english Extra Virgin Olive Oil works wonders wonders on spots by adding a few drops to a soft cloth and wiping on

3 )If you want to put a little more elbow grease into it, some have recommended using silver cleaner (always test a small spot first)

4) Murphy's Oil Soap is another good recommendation for polishing up your SS Fridge

Always remember to use a soft cloth, micro-fiber works well and a little secret to getting rid of streaks after cleaning is using paper coffee filters. They don't streak and they don't leave behind any fibers like you sometimes see with paper towels. But always check with your manufacturer's recommendations and ALWAYS test a small area before cleaning the whole surface.

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Bosch SHE43R55UC
Bosch SHE43R55UC

The options on this state of the art dishwasher are endless. It is so quite, you will never know it is running!

LG LDG3015ST 30 Freestanding Gas Range 5 Sealed Burners, Self Clean, Stainless Steel
LG LDG3015ST 30 Freestanding Gas Range 5 Sealed Burners, Self Clean, Stainless Steel

I love the ability to cook additional items with it's 5 burners and double oven!

Sharp R1874T 850W Over-the-Range Convection Microwave, 1.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel
Sharp R1874T 850W Over-the-Range Convection Microwave, 1.1 Cubic Feet, Stainless Steel

This is a must have for your new kitchen! It is not just a microwave but an over-the-range convection microwave that browns, bakes, broils, crisps, and roasts.


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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Vinegar - Green Cleaning...

Vinegar has become a very popular item in my household. There are so many uses for this budget friendly product and cleaning your stainless steel appliances without streaks is one of them.

It is really simple to mix up, not a lot of mess and it makes your stainless look beautiful! You simply mix up a spray bottle with half water, half white vinegar. Spray on the appliances, wipe with damp cloth to remove any smudges or build-up, wipe excess moisture with a soft dry cloth and then....

The secret to finishing this job with no streaks is to use a couple of paper coffee filters to polish all the streaks away. Not only do you do away with the streaks but you also don't have any lint or fuzz that can show up when using paper towels or even cleaning cloths.

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