How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances


Cleaning expert Melissa Maker shows us how to easily clean stainless steel appliances! What you’ll need:

  1. Stainless steel
  2. 2 microfibre cloths (1 wet and 1 dry)
  3. Dish soap
  4. Olive oil/baby oil/vegetable oil
  5. Paper towels
  6. Warm water

Let’s Get Started!

Start by taking a microfiber cloth, wet it with warm water, and add a bit of dish soap. Wring the cloth out well and wipe your stainless steel appliance down, removing any and all grime. Next, take your cloth and rinse it off well with water. Wipe down the appliance again to remove any remaining soapy residue. Using the dry cloth, buff the stainless steel appliance dry, erasing any streaks left behind.

For extra shine and to eliminate tough streaks, put a bit of olive oil on 2 paper towels and wipe the appliance down, going with the grain, not against. Large appliances would take about a quarter size amount whereas small appliances need about a pennies worth. Then take a fresh set of dry paper towels and wipe the appliance again to eliminate any excess oil so there isn’t a greasy, oily residue leftover. You should be left with a clean, glossy stainless steel finish!

Did you know? Stainless steel is made of chromium. It forms a chromium oxide that creates a protect film on the steel which helps to prevent staining and corrosion.

5 Tips to Keep Your Stainless Steel Looking New:

1) DO NOT use anything rough that will scratch the surface

2) DO NOT use chlorine bleach

3) Never clean in circles or against the grain

4) Don’t let dirt sit on the surface for too long

5) Clean the surface then buff it to keep it looking shiny


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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!