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How to Clean Dirty, Dull Stainless Steel – Expect Sparkly Results!

Almost every household has stainless steel serving dishes, silverware, appliances, or surfaces that include microwaves, coffee makers, utensils, handles/knobs, kitchen sinks, and bathroom fixtures.

These appliances and surfaces sparkle – quite literally – when they are brand new, which is an absolute delight for any homeowner. That is, of course, until the inevitable happens, and you can no longer see your reflection in the stainless steel; it’s turned dull and dingy looking.

So, how do you get your stainless steel to look spotless and pristine again? You clean it, of course!

Fortunately, we’ve got excellent methods to efficiently clean and shone your stainless steel. Best of all, they’re very easy to follow!

1. Getting Rid of Stubborn Grease

Particularly in the kitchen, stainless steel handles, knobs or even the exteriors of your appliances can become caked with grease which can be very difficult to remove. To clean them efficiently, mix 5-6 tablespoons of vinegar in half a cup of warm water, dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution, and wipe the surface down thoroughly. Most of those greasy stains – including stubborn ones – and dullness will be removed. Follow this up by using glass cleaner and crushed newspaper to reveal a shiny, spotless stainless steel surface!

2. Make Kitchen Sinks and Bathroom Fixtures Stain-Free!

The combination of chemicals, food oils, discoloring agents, and dirt forms a film-like layer on your stainless steel sink that dulls and stains it.  This is very unsanitary and utterly disgusting to look at! Similarly, faucets and bathroom fixtures are often dulled with hard water stains, soap scum, and other oils. To thoroughly clean these parts of your home, take a clean microfiber cloth and soak it in some club soda, wring it, and wipe surfaces till all the stains and grime have been removed.  

Once you’re happy with the removal of stains, grime,  and grease, squeeze a lemon in a bowl, dip a sponge (squeeze out the excess juice), and wipe it over the areas you’ve just cleaned. The acidic content of lemon juice will give your stainless steel the gleam you want! This tip also works on stainless steel things like water pitchers and serving trays.

3. Cleaning Burnt/Blackened Stainless Steel

Cooking on a high flame or accidentally leaving steel cookware on the stove for too long can burn/blacken the bottom of your pots and pans. Good news is, we’ve got the solution for you.

Fill the pot or pan with ¼ full with water and add a cup of vinegar to it. Next, put it on the stove and allow it to boil before taking it off the fire. Empty out most of the water and transfer the remaining mixture to bowl or dish. Add some baking soda and make a paste. Once it cools down, take a slightly abrasive scrubber and scrub at the burnt areas to remove blackness. Finish off by washing the appliance with regular dish soap and water.

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