The Crazy Easy (and Effective!) Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

updated Feb 3, 2020
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Do you ever have a lightbulb moment and simultaneously feel totally, smugly proud of yourself for thinking of it and really dumb for not thinking of it sooner? Yeah, well that’s how I felt about this cleaning tip that will — seriously — revolutionize your stainless steel cleaning routine.

I’ve been using oil to polish my stainless steel appliances for a while now. It seems there are a lot of vociferous opinions on the matter, but in my experience, if you clean the surface with vinegar first and then use a tiny amount of oil to buff, the results are beautiful, long-lasting, and with no adverse effects.

Back to my aha! moment. I’d been using a paper towel and trying to pour a tiny bit of oil onto it. But then I realized that I could just use my coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s! It sprays such a fine mist—the perfect amount—so there isn’t any glomming up of oil in any area, and it’s much easier to apply. It’s awesome! Try your new trick just in time for all the extra fingerprints that come with Thanksgiving making and feasting.

Note: I always use paper towels for this particular task because rags with oil on them are a fire hazard in the dryer.