DIY Stainless Steel Polish

My only cleaning products at the moment are baking soda, Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap, and olive oil.  In my efforts to remove any toxic cleaners from my home, I’ve totally streamlined my cleaners and it’s more cost effective than having multiple traditional cleaning products (there’s a myth out there that it’s expensive to go green). This DIY method for cleaning stainless steel appliances is the perfect example of how we can clean our house by simply opening the pantry door – rather than heading to the store.

I decided to try my beloved Dr. Bronners vs. olive oil on my stainless steel fridge to see which would make a better stainless steel polish. To be fair to Dr. Bronners – I’ve never seen cleaning steel marketed as one of it’s uses, but since I wash my clothes, clean my counters, floors, bathroom, etc. with it – I wanted to try. It didn’t do a bad job…it was WAY better than the traditional fridge wipes I still have from a bad purchase years ago. Dr. Bronners liquid soap required a bit more elbow grease and wasn’t as smooth as the olive oil to rub with the grain of the steel. The olive oil was easy, effective, and no streaks – the perfect polish for steel!  Here is the completed results from my fridge!

And the ‘wipes’ on the market you can use to clean steel?  I call them the traditional toxies and I mentioned my husband bought a container a few years ago. To be fair to him, the packaging states ” non-toxic ” and there actually isn’t an ingredient list on the product. The smell and headache I get when opening the wipes is enough to tell me what’s inside. The wipes also didn’t work. I’ve also pointed out in the below image that there is a blue ribbon for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. This is what upsets a lot of green advocates with companies manufacturing products with chemicals and then marketing them as benefiting cancer agencies.

I love a great DIY recipe for cleaning and this is my favorite because you only need cooking oil and a rag. It’s important to rub along the grain of the steel and it might sweat after you’ve cleaned it. Go back later and rub along the grain again without adding more oil.  I recently cleaned the dashboard of my van with olive oil and the results have been fantastic! Click here to learn how to clean your vehicle without chemicals.


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5 Responses to DIY Stainless Steel Polish

  1. Lisa C June 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I just put in a new Ikea sink that has a stainless soap dish & tray with it. Which are, after less than a week, completely spotty & gross. I’ll try the olive oil. Thanks for the tip!

  2. suzanne June 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Lisa! Let us know how it works! The most important part is to rub alone the grain of the steel. ~Suzanne

  3. Brenna @ Almost All The Truth June 23, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I used to long for stainless steel appliances, but watching how much work they take to clean makes me glad to have our old ones still. That’s great you can use olive oil though!

  4. Mary Ann June 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I have a “stainless steel” sink {artificioal} and can’t get rust out or make it look really clean, so after I do dishes tomight, I am going to try the oil. I will let you know what happens! thanks for the idea! I’ve been going nuts trying to find something that works! I bought a special cleaner for stainless steel, but it didn’t do the job! wish me luck!

  5. Farmer's Daughter June 29, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I used a spray stainless cleaner but ran out a while ago and just haven’t been polishing it with anything but a damp rag, which isn’t perfect but it works. I’m going to have to try your method!

    Thanks for joining the Homesteading Link Up and I hope you can come again this week!

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