“Stainless” Steel seems to be a bit of a misnomer if we’re honest, as it seems that things made from this metal are anything but stainless! Pots, pans and utensils begin to show signs of wear and tear after you’ve used them just a few times; from water spots, discoloration, to fingerprints and food marks. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to deal with the unsightly blemishes, nor do you have to go out a buy a new set every few weeks! Here’s how you can keep your steel appliances spotless…
Vinegar and Oil
Before you drop a lot of money on a fancy cleaning solution that promises to make your stainless steel shine, just head to your own kitchen cupboards and pull out the vinegar and olive oil. Apply a generous helping of vinegar onto the offending object and wipe with a clean dishcloth or paper towel. Then, use just a few drops of oil onto a clean cloth and rub along the surface. Do this against the ‘grain’ of the steel finish to give your items a shine that leaves them looking as good as new!
Is there anything that coconut oil can’t do?! Start by cleaning your item with standard soap and hot water, before drying well with a microfiber cloth. Spray or apply a small amount of coconut oil and simply wipe with a clean paper towel. The shine left behind by this method will last a while and looks great!
Baking Soda seems to be able to clean anything, so it should be no surprise that it’s made it onto this list. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the surface and simply wipe away using a sponge covered in baking soda’s best friend – vinegar! This is a great combination for getting rid of tougher stains, including dried on food, and yet it is natural enough not to have to worry about the use of harsh chemicals.
We’ve all done it, accidentally burnt a pan while cooking and worried that it would need to be thrown away. Thankfully, there is a solution that will save your pan, leaving it shiny and clean (and your husband none the wiser). Start by filling the pan with water and then add vinegar. Bring this to the boil on the hob, and hopefully, at this stage, you will already start to see some of the mess lifting. Leave for a few moments before removing the pan from the stove and add two tablespoons of baking soda – do not be alarmed if it starts to fizz – this is what we want! Empty the mixture (which by now will be looking quite grim!) and scour as you normally would. For particularly tough burnt stains, you can form a paste with baking powder and water and apply this to the stain, leave for a while and wipe clean.
It’s not quite polishing silver, but it will make a huge difference to the look of the stainless steel appliances in your home. As you can see, the ingredients above are not expensive, and you likely have a lot of them in your kitchen cupboards already, so it shouldn’t be too much of a chore to get that stainless steeling looking shiny and new again.