The Best Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

How to Clean Your Stainless Steel without Expensive Cleaning Products

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Are you fed up with fingerprints on your stainless steel appliances? While the clean, shiny finish looks great in all of the kitchen design displays, you have to keep cleaning it so it stays that way. Skip the pricey stainless steel cleaners, and head to your pantry for an easy fix with a basic, natural product. Get redirected here

What You Need to Make Stainless Steel Cleaner

  • White vinegar.¬†You probably already have this in your pantry, but you will need to stock up if you are going to start using it as a cleaner. You can find white vinegar in the grocery store in the salad dressing or baking section. The best part? It is safe for use around food because it is food.
  • An empty spray bottle. You will need a new spray bottle. Do no reuse an old bottle that used other chemicals for cleaning. Label the bottle so you know that it now contains vinegar.
  • A cleaning cloth or paper towels

How to Use Your Stainless Steel Cleaner

Fill a clean, new spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Then, spray it on all of your stainless steel surfaces, and wipe them dry with a soft cleaning cloth or paper towel. It's best to wipe with the direction of the grain. Related Siteultra mobile support.

You should wipe afterward with a cloth dampened with clean water to remove any traces of the vinegar. You can use a second spray bottle with distilled water to use for this rinse if you prefer. Spray it and wipe with a second clean cloth. This ensures the acid in the vinegar is removed and won't react with the metal over time. Bonuses.

The only negative side effect is the smell of vinegar in the air immediately after you spray it.

Don't worry: it's food and it will dissipate with a little time.

Why Vinegar Works on Stainless Steel

Vinegar is mostly acetic acid. The acid cuts through the oil left behind by fingertips, rather than smearing it around like a lot of other cleaners.

Benefits of Cleaning with Vinegar

  • Inexpensive
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Effective sanitizer
  • Effective grease cutter
  • Non-abrasive
  • You know what vinegar is, and it is safe around children, food, and pets.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Do not reuse empty cleaner bottles. Buy a new bottle to use for your vinegar spray. Vinegar is an acid and you do not want to mix it with unknown chemicals from other products.
  • Label the spray bottle so you know it now contains vinegar rather than another clear liquid.
  • Do not leave the stainless steel surface wet with vinegar. Acids can discolor the surface over time, especially if there is any salt that gets into the liquid. This is why it is a good idea to wipe afterward with water or a damp cloth.
  • As with any cleaner, you should avoid all contact with the eyes and prolonged contact with the skin. While vinegar is used in food, we don't generally bathe in it or get it in the eyes.
  • Keep out of the reach of children. Don't tempt the little ones to use spray bottles. While vinegar may not cause a hazardous condition, the next spray bottle they play with might contain something nastier.

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