How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Modern kitchens are often breathtaking, and the sleek finish of stainless steel appliances contributes to their beauty. Fingerprints and smudges show up easily on stainless steel, however, which quickly ruins the kitchen's polished look and feel. A little hot water and dish detergent quickly fixes this problem and gives your appliances back their luster in no time.

Step 1

Combine 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with about a quart of hot water to make a gentle cleaning solution.

Step 2

Wet a soft, clean cloth with the cleaning solution. Wring the cloth out, and then use it to wipe down the stainless steel. If you look closely, you'll see that stainless steel has a slight grain. Make sure you rub with the grain when cleaning.

Step 3

Rinse the appliance by wetting a fresh cloth with plain hot water. Run the damp cloth over the stainless steel to rinse it, again moving with the grain.

Step 4

Dry the appliance thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth to prevent water spots.

Step 5

Polish the dry stainless steel with a soft cloth dampened with lemon oil or your favorite stainless steel polish. Buff the polish back off with a dry cloth to restore shine to the surface. As always, make sure you rub with the grain when buffing.