Are you tired of staring at those gross spots on your refrigerator? Have you tried to clean your stainless steel oven with soaps, vinegar, and store-bought cleaners, all to no avail? Fear not, today I am showing you an easy way to clean your stainless steel appliances – this clever hack will get your stainless steel sparkling in less than five minutes!
How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances in 5 Minutes, Flat!
Impossible you believe? Well, much like the Queen in Alice in Wonderland, I am here to make you believe in impossible things!
As the Queen herself said:
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Check out the before and after shot!
This easy hack cleans all stainless steel appliances!
This tip will help you clean:
- Stainless steel refrigerators
- Stainless steel dishwashers
- Stainless steel microwaves
- And more!
Today, my lovely stainless steel refrigerator will be modeling for us (the oven and microwave wanted in on the sparkle action, but were unfortunately too clean).
First, let’s take a look at the before picture of my fridge.
See all those spots and gunk and that general glaze of grossness?
(I promise that isn’t all from us!)
In fact, most of those spots were inherited from previous users.
That’s because we are currently renting a teeny-tiny 1400 square foot townhome; the spotted stainless appliances included, complimentary, of course!
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Can vinegar and water clean stainless steel?
My go-to cleaner is usually a 50/50 spray bottle full of white vinegar and water.
I tried to clean the fridge gently with this vinegar and water spray, but those stubborn spots weren’t budging.
Color me unsurprised…luckily, I knew just what to do!
I learned this handy trick to clean stainless steel appliances when we were staging our Chicago condo for sale. I can’t remember if it was our realtor or a handy neighbor who suggested this hack, but whoever they are they have my eternal appreciation!
What you need to clean your stainless steel appliances:
- A white rag
- WD-40 Multi-Use Spray
- A spray bottle with half white vinegar, half water
- A can-do attitude
That’s it! Now you are ready to start cleaning.
Stage 1: Vinegar spray
I know that I said the vinegar spray is ineffective in cleaning the worst spots off the fridge, right? So why are we using it?
We want the vinegar spray to wipe off the run-of-the-mill dirt and oils that have accumulated so that we can get down to the real nitty-gritty of cleaning the fridge.
I always keep a spray bottle handy with a vinegar-water solution in my kitchen.
Remove any magnets or papers from your fridge and spray liberally with the vinegar-water mix. Wipe down with the white rag.
*Bonus wiping stainless steel pro-tip
All stainless steel refrigerator doors have a “grain” that runs through it, similar to wood grains.
Look closely at your stainless to see which direction the grain is running.
Make sure you ALWAYS wipe in the direction of the grain! You will reduce the likelihood of scratching and marks showing (try not to use highly abrasive sponges and rags).
See the grain on my fridge here for example — you can also observe scratches from prior owners running down against the grain.
Stage 2: WD-40 Spray
If you have rugs or carpet underneath your fridge, remove or cover them; you want to protect the floor from drips!
WD-40 drips are TOUGH to get out of fabrics….ask me how I know. 😉
Once your floor is clear or protected, set your WD-40 can to the “spray” setting (not stream, spray). You want to spray the WD-40 quickly and fairly evenly over the surface of your fridge.
It will begin to drip immediately.
Take a dry side of your white rag and begin to wipe down the stainless steel doors.
Don’t forget to wipe with the grain of the steel!
(I didn’t put in a picture of me wiping because I am sure you know how to do that. Wipe like the wind!)
Stage 3: The final wipe down
If you are now singing Europe’s The Final Countdown in your head, don’t worry — I am too!
Take your white rag and refold it so that you have a dry side again.
Wipe one more time to remove any excess oiliness.
Stage 4: Rejoice!
Now behold the shining marvel that is your stainless steel!
Check out the result of my cleaning!
So fresh, so clean
Hopefully, your cleaning didn’t reveal any scratches on your fridge…unfortunately, mine did *le sigh*.
Here is a close-up.
I hope that you enjoyed my five-minute hack for cleaning your stainless steel appliances!
If you tried it out, let me know how it went in the comment section below. 🙂
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- A white rag
- WD-40 Multi-Use Spray
- A spray bottle with a 50/50 white vinegar + water solution
- A can-do attitude
- Remove any magnets or papers from your fridge and spray liberally with the vinegar-water mix. Wipe down with the white rag (wipe *with* the steel grain).
- Cover rugs or carpet with cloth.
- Set your WD-40 can to the “spray” setting and spray the WD-40 quickly and evenly over the surface of your fridge.
- Take the dry side of your white rag and begin to wipe down the stainless steel doors.
- Take your white rag and refold it so that you have a dry side again. Wipe one more time to remove any excess oiliness.
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