The main reason why most people choose stainless steel material for appliances and certain home fixtures is for its durability, ability to resist rust and corrosion, and its natural luster. However, despite the name, stainless steel is hardly ever stainless. Dust, water stains and fingerprints are a common sight to see in stainless steel appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers or even “raft metallic”.
While these stains can easily be removed using the right cleaners, most stainless-steel cleaners available in the market are quite expensive and is, most of the time, unsafe and needs to be handled with utmost care. However, there are ways to make your own cleaner at home which are as effective as commercial ones but significantly cheaper.
Here are a few easy-to-make stainless-steel cleaner recipes you can make at home:
- Mineral oil and dishwashing soap/liquid
Dish soaps are exceptional in removing dirt and stains off your stainless-steel surface. It also is a surfactant that effectively removes oils and grease. Couple it with mineral oil to get that luster finish after stain removal.
- Club Soda
Club sodas are quite popular in removing stains from different sources. Spray club soda over your stained stainless-steel appliance to remove fingerprints, water stains and food residue. Using club sodas as cleaner will also give your stainless-steel fixture a nice shine.
- White vinegar and olive oil
The acidity from the white vinegar can remove even the toughest stains off your stainless-steel appliances. Olive oil, on the other hand, helps restore the surface’s shine while masking that sour smell white vinegar brings.
- Lemon Essential oil Polish
Apply this onto a clean cloth and wipe away stains and dirt from your stainless-steel surface. The acidity from the citrus coupled with its oil component will easily remove stains and you’re your stainless-steel’s natural luster. Refrain from directly spraying it onto the surface as it can lead to uneven application, which can cause more work for you.