How to Make Steel Shiny

Steel is a versatile metal that manufacturer use to make home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and toasters. Stainless steel is the most popular type of metal for home use. Over time, steel gets dull with minor scratches, soap residue, water marks or hard water residue. Remove these with a simple cleaning process, using products you may already have in your home.

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Stainless steel is a common, durable type of steel.

Step 1

Soak a clean cloth in white vinegar, if your steel has yellow or orange heat stains on it.

Step 2

Rub the cloth over the heat stains until they are gone. The white vinegar also helps shine the steel.

Step 3

Add just enough water to 5 tbsp. baking soda to make a thick paste. When in a paste, baking soda forms a very mild abrasive that removes small scratches from steel.

Step 4

Rub the paste over the steel until the small scratches are gone and the steel look shiny.

Step 5

Rinse the steel with clear water.

Step 6

Soak a clean cloth in baby oil or vegetable oil.

Step 7

Rub the cloth over the steel until it appears shiny.

Step 8

Buff the excess oil off with another clean and dry cloth, so that the steel doesn't feel oily yet has a nice shine.


Kaye Wagner

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.