The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances


I love the look of stainless steel, especially when there are no finger smudges, unless it’s a perfect toddler sized print, then it makes me smile. There’s something about tiny hand prints; I do get great satisfaction out of cleaning them though. Unfortunately, 99% of the fingerprints on the my “stainless” steel appliances are adult sized and remind me of  glowing finger paint, showing everything that we touch. Gross. However, I have found the best way to clean stainless steel appliances.

You will need:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Hot water and soap
  • Microfiber cloth


  1. See, no cute finger prints. Use a sponge or cleaning cloth to clean off hard core smudges and food crusties with your hot water and soap. Using a brand new sponge or freshly laundered cleaning cloth will leave you with the lease amount of streaks and water stains.


    Just with a bit of soap and water, but also just finger prints and not food nasties.

  2. Pull out your glass cleaner, commercial or homemade, and  spray a little bit directly onto your microfiber cloth. Buff the appliance with the grain of the steel. The glass cleaner along with the microfiber should help to get rid of any streaking from the soapy water mix.
  3. Admire your perfectly shiny stainless steel while it lasts for all of 2 minutes. Rinse and repeat as necessary.


    No more smudges!

*Bonus Tip*

After buffing your stainless steel appliance with glass cleaner, buff your appliance with a little bit of oil, (baby, mineral or olive) to help prevent future smudges. This does not need to happen after every cleaning but maybe once a month or so depending on how smudgy your appliance gets.

I love this method to clean stainless steel because it effectively cuts through the grease and grime while the glass cleaner helps to ensure a streak free finish.

Happy Cleaning!

Who are the smudge makers in your house?


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6 thoughts on “The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

  1. Wishing that you had been at my house last week when I went on a kitchen ‘deep cleaning’ binge! Love your posts! Almost as much as I would love having you here!
    Quick question, does baby oil/mineral oil get ‘sticky’ the way that old veggie oils do? I clearly don’t ‘maintain’ often enough in my kitchen, and have noticed ‘gummy’ oil deposits where I would swear there should not be! Thanks, Nikki

    • Hi Nikki!
      I believe that they are less likely to do so but sticky spots generally appear when there is too much oil. I would make sure to use just a little bit of oil then buff well so there is no excess on the surface of your stainless steel appliance. Regular cleanings (a good wipe down ever week or every other week) will also help to prevent the sticky oil spots as they will slowly strip away the oil.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      • Thanks! Hoping you have a great weekend as well!
        Like I said, clearly I don’t clean often enough! But how oil gets around my kitchen really is a mystery…

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