How to Clean Stainless Steel

Have you upgraded to stainless steel in your kitchen? Make sure you know how to care for it with these tips from Domestic CEO. 

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #51

How to Clean Your Sink

Once the gunk and grime is removed from the appliances, it’s time to polish them. Glass cleaner, olive oil, and baby oil can all be used to polish the stainless steel. Simply dampen a paper towel or microfiber cloth with the product and wipe down the appliance. There are certain brands of appliances that are more prone to streaks than others, so if your fridge still looks streaky after using the oil method, I recommend using a professional stainless steel cleaner from a hardware store. When no other method will work, Zep brand Stainless Steel Cleaner will get pretty much any stainless steel appliance back to like-new shine. Just spray it on a microfiber rag, rub the appliance with the “grain” of the stainless steel, and then buff away the excess polish with the dry side of the rag.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks

To clean stainless steel sinks, you want to think natural and non-abrasive. It can be tempting to try and scrub stains out of your sink using harsh chemicals and rough sponges, but don’t do it! Bleach and other chemicals can cause damage to stainless steel sinks, and steel wool and other rough scrubbers can scratch the stainless steel. Instead, clean your stainless steel sink using baking soda, white vinegar, and a soft sponge. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the dry sink. Use a clean, damp sponge to rub the baking soda around the sink basin, working with the grain of the sink. After you have rubbed all parts of the sink, pour white vinegar into the sink and watch it work its bubbly magic. Once the foam has gone away, rinse the sink with water, wipe it with a dry rag, and enjoy the sparkly clean.

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You can also use products like Bar Keeper’s Friend and Bon Ami to clean stainless steel sinks. They are non-scratch cleaners that are specially formulated to safely clean without scratching. Along with my sponge and rag, I also like to have an old toothbrush handy to clean the drain and other grooves in the sink.

After you get your sink all nice and clean, I advise protecting it with a plastic or rubber mat in the bottom. These little mats can be found in the kitchen storage area of stores like Target and Walmart. They are inexpensive, but will save your sink from scratches that happen easily when dishes and silverware are placed in the sink. Just make sure you remove the mat to wipe out your sink each week because the stains and food will still collect underneath the mat.