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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen pictures of my refrigerator in my cleaning routine pictures.  Every time I post one of them, I am asked how I get my stainless steel to look so shiny.  How do I keep those pretty appliances looking new and not smudgy and full of fingerprints? If your house is anything like mine, they are covered in the latter more than they have that sleek showroom look.  I’ve tested and tried just about every brand on the market and have come to the conclusion that not all stainless steel cleaners are created equal AND not every brand works on every stainless steel appliance. Different appliance brands use different grades of stainless steel and they react differently with various cleaners. I can attest to this in my home because different products work on each stainless appliance.  This is why I set out to find something that worked on all of my appliances.

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What’s the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

The first thing you need is a SOFT cloth to apply your preferred cleaner to the appliance.  My preference is a microfiber cloth – most specifically, a Clean Mama HOME Polishing Cloth. Of course I’m biased, but I researched and searched for the PERFECT microfiber cloths and then had them made for my line.  These cloths WORK!

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Through my research, testing, and trial and error, here are my top 3 favorite ways to clean stainless steel appliances – every single method uses a microfiber cloth for the application.

My Top 3 Methods for Cleaning and Polishing Stainless Steel:

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Choose one method – these are my favorites:

water (applied to the cloth) + microfiber polishing cloth

white vinegar (applied to the cloth) + microfiber polishing cloth

Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Cleaner (sprayed on stainless steel) + microfiber polishing cloth

Other methods to try:

club soda – spray on stainless and wipe in the direction of the grain

olive or baby oil – apply to a dry cloth and buff in the direction of the grain

window cleaner – some people swear by this technique – I suggest using a non-ammonia window cleaner

Application Process:

Apply water or cleaner to a microfiber cloth and clean quickly.  Quickly buff away any residue. Don’t let the cleaner dry on the stainless before buffing it in to the surface.  I recommend using a microfiber cloth that is designed to be used on stainless steel.

When applying cleaner you need to wipe your cloth in the DIRECTION OF THE GRAIN of the stainless steel.  This is because dirt can get trapped in the grain of the stainless steel.  This method not only cleans better, but your stainless steel will appear much cleaner this way.  I keep a little stack of microfiber cloths in a kitchen drawer with my bar mop cloths so I can easily wipe appliances as necessary.

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Do you have stainless steel appliances?  Any stainless steel appliance tips to share?

Have you visited my shop Clean Mama HOME?  Pictured below are my candles – available in two amazing scents – CLEAN HOME and FRESH LAUNDRY.

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Microfiber is back in stock!

Clean Mama Home Microfiber Cloths

Just popping in to tell you that the amazing microfiber cleaning cloths are BACK IN STOCK!  They sold out quickly the last time and while I am confident that I’ll have enough for longer than a week this go around, head on over to the shop to grab them. If you’re unsure of what you can clean with microfiber, let me give you a little back story on it and how/why I use microfiber cleaning cloths to clean just about anything and … [Continue reading...]

Come Clean – Wrap Up

Come Clean Challenge Wrap-Up

This month we’ve been doing the Come Clean Challenge to jump start the 2016 cleaning calendar theme - Come Clean in 2016.  Each week this month we’ve been doing simple, daily tasks and incorporating them into monthly cleaning routine.  I hope that you’re finding that your house is cleaner and more organized than it was at the beginning of the challenge. Now that the Come Clean Challenge is over, how can you keep up with your homekeeping in the … [Continue reading...]

Organic + Healthy Products Delivered (You’ll Save Money Too!)

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Today I’m sharing something that isn’t necessarily directly cleaning and organizing related, but it’s most definitely meal planning related, so if you eat and want to spend less money on food, keep reading. Thrive Market didn’t contact me, and they probably don’t know who I am.  My sister is the one that gets all the credit for sharing Thrive Market with me.  I was skeptical at first, but she kept telling me to check it out (you know how sisters … [Continue reading...]

Clean Mama on BHG.com

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Feel like you’re playing catch-up after the weekend to get your home in order? Even though I relax on Sundays, I still have a couple tricks to getting the house feeling like it’s ready for a brand new week.  I’m over on BHG.com sharing Sunday cleaning habits of people with sparkling homes - click on over to check it out! via … [Continue reading...]

Come Clean Challenge – Week 4 – Bedrooms

Clean Your Bedrooms In One Week - Clean Mama

This month I’m doing a Come Clean Challenge to jump start the 2016 cleaning calendar theme - Come Clean in 2016.  Each week this month we’ve been doing simple, daily tasks - and this is our LAST week of the challenge.  I hope that you’re finding that your house is cleaner and more organized than it was at the beginning of the challenge. As you’re doing the challenge, I’ve designed it to work WITH my cleaning routine.  For instance, when you’re … [Continue reading...]

Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for February 2016

February 2016 Free Cleaning Calendar - Clean Mama

It's almost February and that means it’s time for February’s FREE cleaning calendar! Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.  If you’re new here, you might want to check out the COME … [Continue reading...]

Simple Salad Hack : Chopped Salad

Simple Salad Hack - Chopped Salad - Clean Mama

I’ve got a great salad hack for you today that I know you’ll love (if you like salads or are trying to eat more of them).  Even our kids love this salad mix and it’s easy to prepare ahead and even easier to get a nutritious dinner and salad on the table.  Here’s how I use this DIY salad mix: Prep ahead for 2-3 nights of side salads - wash and dry greens and veggies and put in a bag with a paper towel to absorb any moisture. Put dressing … [Continue reading...]

How to Reduce Paper in the Kitchen

How to Reduce Paper in the Kitchen - Clean Mama

One of my most clicked on posts and ideas is how I cut way back on paper towel usage in the kitchen.  A few years ago I felt like I was going through a roll of paper towels every day and if you’ve ever bought paper towels you know that that can get a little bit pricey and wasteful.  So I tried to figure out a way to get kick the habit.  I rolled up bar mop cloths in a clear glass jar and put it where my paper towel holder used to be.  Five years … [Continue reading...]

Come Clean Challenge – Week 3 – Bathrooms

Clean Your Bathrooms In One Week - Clean Mama

(The adorable aqua blue microfiber cloth above is from my Clean Mama HOME shop and is currently sold out but will be back in stock in the next week or two!) This month I’m doing a Come Clean Challenge to jump start the 2016 cleaning calendar theme - Come Clean in 2016.  Each week this month I’ll have simple, daily tasks to work on - don’t worry about getting everything done, work on a little something every day and your bathrooms will be cleaner … [Continue reading...]

Get Organized with Homekeeping Society | February Essentials

Homekeeping Society - February 2016

Homekeeping Society has some exciting changes that will make it better, more interactive, AND easier to use!  February’s subscription is up - I hope it’s just what you need to feel successful in your homekeeping. Make sure you read all the way through the post - there’s a great coupon code if you’d like to try it out! Half way through January, you might be feeling a little defeated but I think you’ll find encouragement in the support … [Continue reading...]

Speed Cleaning to the Rescue

Speed Cleaning 101 via Clean Mama

If your days are anything like mine, having a couple of speed cleaning routines in your back pocket can be just the ticket for those days where time is minimal. In an effort to help streamline the "hot spots" where a quicker cleaning method is vital, I designed a kitchen, bathroom and whole house speed cleaning routine. These are perfect for those times where unexpected guests are on their way, when you are tired of spending time cleaning in the … [Continue reading...]

Come Clean Challenge – Week 2 – Living Spaces

Clean Your Living Spaces in One Week - Clean Mama

This month I’m doing a Come Clean Challenge to jump start the 2016 cleaning calendar theme - Come Clean in 2016.  Each week this month I’ll have simple, daily tasks to work on - don’t worry about getting everything done, work on a little something every day and your living spaces will be cleaner than it was at the beginning of the week. For instance, when you’re vacuuming on Wednesday (vacuuming day), you’ll see that vacuum edges and under … [Continue reading...]

In the Kitchen with The Complete Book of Home Organization

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If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are dear friends.  We’ve partnered up to bring you great challenges, printable bundles, and content.  To say that I was excited to hear that she was writing a book would be an understatement. *Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post for a chance to win an autographed copy! via When The Complete Book of Home Organization showed up … [Continue reading...]

Sale! Clean Mama Home Microfiber Cloths

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You guys have blown me away with your enthusiasm over Clean Mama Home and bought out the boxed microfiber in the process!  Thank you, thank you! The boxed microfiber sets will be back in the shop later this month, but in the meantime, the individual microfiber cloths are on SALE - these are the same cloths in the boxed set, just sold individually.  Hop over, check out the shop and grab some microfiber while they’re on sale! Not sure how or … [Continue reading...]