We love the look of stainless steel sinks and appliances, but hate the fingerprints and dulled finish. Periodic cleaning with common household products will easily and inexpensively restore the sheen you crave.

Clean Stainless Steel Appliances


Materials List:

    • All purpose spray cleaner
    • Non-abrasive scrubbing sponge
    • Microfiber cleaning cloths
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Stainless steel polish, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly
    • Sponge or rag



Start by washing the surface with an all-purpose spray cleaner. Next, wet a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the appliance. And for that final perfect finish, buff the surface with an oil based product like mineral oil.

Note: If your stainless finish has a “grain,” buff in that direction.

Clean Stainless Steel Sinks


stainless_sinkMaterials List:

    • Mild liquid detergent
    • Non-abrasive scrubbing sponge
    • White vinegar
    • Baking soda
    • Mineral oil
    • Microfiber cleaning cloths
    • Sponge or rag



First, scrub down the sink with detergent using a non-abrasive sponge, then rinse. Then, scrub the sink again with a baking soda paste, and rinse. Using a rag or sponge wipe down the sink white vinegar. Finally, buff the surface with mineral oil using a microfiber cloth.

To watch a step-by-step, check out my video How to Keep Your Stainless Steel, Stainless!

Now you can say, good-bye stainless steel smudges…hello, sexy!

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