Stainless steel is a great finish to have in our kitchens, but it sure doesn’t seem stainless. This material sure shows a lot of wear and tear, and it seems that those little fingerprints and food smears show up within a blink of an eye.
But unfortunately, like many other industrial options, stainless steel cleaners are usually filled with plenty of bad stuff including chemicals of all kinds. And while they do good work to make our kitchens spotless, it’s hard to justify breathing in chemicals just to spray them all over again in a couple weeks.
Since steel is an incredibly recyclable material, with 69% of steel waste being recycled in North America every year, it only makes sense to treat it kindly with items recycled from your own home. So here are some stainless steel cleaning alternatives that will keep the chemicals out of your home.
Coconut oil for shine
Coconut oil is known for its versatility, and chances are you may have tried it on your all over your body for its moisturizing effects. But it is also a great buffer for stainless steel; all you need is to wipe down your surface with a mixture of hot water and soap. Then once you have dried everything, spray some melted, but cool, coconut oil and buff it around with a microfiber cloth. It will remove dirt and grime while leaving a lasting shine.
Baking soda for burns
If you have burn marks on your stove that just won’t come off, try this simple recipe: 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of Borax. Combine to create a paste, then scrub in the same direction of the grain of the steel. Rinse with club soda, and the burn mark should come off quite easily.
Vinegar and Oil for a deep clean
Two of the most commonly-used items in your kitchen can give your stainless steel a deep clean. Spray white vinegar all over your surfaces and wipe down with a paper towel. Then put a few drops of oil onto a microfiber cloth and buff in the opposite direction of the grain until the surface is dry.
With these cleaning hacks in mind, your stainless steel appliances will look brand new, and you won’t have to worry about those nasty chemicals!