After Seeing My Friend’s Fingerprint-Free Fridge, This is the $15 Stainless Steel Cleaner I Swear By

updated Jul 20, 2021
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Since having a place of my own to clean, I’ve always done my best to use cleaning supplies that are safe, simple, inexpensive, and effective. This is a very tall order.

I’ve discovered that it’s rare to find all these qualities in every type of cleaner you need, and I’ve loosened up my standards here and there. I absolutely love my Alvin Corn, for instance, and regularly mix it up for cleaning my windows and mirrors. But I’m also a sucker for the fancy scented stuff (I’m a huge fan of Mrs. Meyers) and it’s not always as cheap as it could be. Other times, the cheap or earth-friendly or DIY stuff just does not work as well as the commercial products filled with ingredients I can’t pronounce. (It’s not easy being green.)

Suffice to say, I think about this a lot, and feel firmly decided on the products I choose to clean my home. When you’re using what you’ve always used, though, you may not realize how green the grass really is on the other side.

How I Discovered the Best Stainless Steel Cleaner

When it comes to cleaning the stainless steel appliances in my kitchen, I had a routine I liked. I cleaned our fingerprint-magnet of a fridge with my favorite all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Then followed along with a very thin mist of coconut oil to polish it. The fridge was clean, and that worked well enough, for long enough!

Until one day last year when the stainless steel appliances at my friend’s house caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks. Her fridge gleamed. And it made me realize mine had a faint wet-looking veneer from the oil. I couldn’t help running my hand over my friend’s fridge door, which felt so slick and smooth. Best of all, I didn’t leave any fingerprints. What is this?

I called my friend over to ask her what she uses to clean it and she, a little sheepishly told me she uses Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. It’s a commercial product you can find easily, for around $15, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Just spray it on the surface, use a clean cloth to wipe in the direction of the grain, then buff it with a dry cloth.

I bought my own bottle shortly after and (though I try not to use it when the kids are in the kitchen because it has an intense smell) now I get to admire my own squeaky clean, fingerprint-free fridge—and oven, and dishwasher, and microwave, and garbage can. It’s a simple and small detail that makes my entire kitchen feel polished.