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Anyone with a kitchen full of stainless steel appliances knows that they require quite a bit of upkeep to keep them from looking spotty. They're very susceptible to fingerprint smudges, scratches, and water stains, but seeing that pristine, mirror-like gleam once they've been cleaned up is so worth it.
To get started, do a a preliminary wipe-down of your stainless steel unit with white vinegar or a gentle cleaner to get any major gunk off, then apply a little bit of your stainless steel cleaner of choice to a microfiber towel, and wipe down with the grain to restore the piece to its original shiny look! Here are 10 top-rated stainless steel cleaners to have on standby.
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This stainless steel cleaner from Weiman easily wipes away cooking residue and water stains without needing to buff out the streaks afterwards, and it also imparts a protective layer of polish that helps stave off grime for longer.
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For those who don't like using five different cleaners to deep clean their place, this pick from Pledge is an all-in-one wonder! It works on granite countertop, tech surfaces, glass, wood, and stainless steel. You just need a quick spray and wipe to get the job done. Users tout its effectiveness, and they also love its pleasant citrusy smell.
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A must for any cleaning arsenal, microfiber cloths are way more gentle than paper towels in spiffing up scratchable surfaces like stainless steel. We like this set from AmazonBasics for its snappy color-coding in particular, so you can designate different colors to other household tasks (like dusting or drying off your car).
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Nearly any shiny metal surface in your kitchen can get a refresh with this stainless steel cleaner from 3M, as it works on aluminum and chrome as well. Users love how the solution is instantly effective, and how only a tiny amount is needed to work.
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For buffing out the hard-water marks on stainless steel refrigerators or porcelain sinks, Bar Keepers Friend is a great cleaner to keep around. Not only can you refresh the surfaces and fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom, but it also does wonders in restoring the sheen to your cookware and knife sets — just make sure you give them a good wash afterwards.
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Your stainless steel sink is a kitchen workhorse, so show it some love by spritzing and wiping it down with this cleaner/polish solution every couple of weeks. It has hundreds of reviews and a near-five-star rating on Amazon, with users loving that the polish helps prolong the clean gleam and even has "a faint tropical smell" thanks to its coconut oil base! The microfiber cloth that's included with the bottle can be designated for all of your metal-shining needs.
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We love a product that pulls double-duty. A little bit of mineral oil on a soft cloth is not only great for keeping your cutting boards and butcher-block surfaces in tip-top shape, but it can also be used to put the shine back in your stainless steel kitchenware. Just keep in mind that a little oil goes a long way, and this might be a method best suited to countertop appliances (which are handled less than dishwashers and refrigerators) and pet-free homes (it attracts pet hair).
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You've invested in the luxe look of stainless steel, so keep it gleaming with this cleaner. Gunk on your dishwasher, toaster, fridge, and even your outdoor grill easily wipes away with a cloth after a few sprays, and its polishing properties smooth out fine scratches, while helping them stay fingerprint-resistant.
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For those looking for a natural product alternative, this stainless steel cleaner is made from a blend of plant-derived ingredients like soybean oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil, and it's even scented with essential oils to impart a pleasant smell. Reviewers love that it doesn't take any extra elbow grease to work just as well as the more potent stuff.
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Folks who want to keep their ride looking extra sharp after a wash should keep a dedicated tube of this metal polish in their garage. Adept at polishing all kinds of stainless steel, as well as chrome, copper, and brass, just apply a little of the paste to a cotton rag or pad and use it to spiff up your chrome wheels and tailpipe.