How to Make Stainless Steel Shine

How to Clean Stainless Steel With Olive Oil & Vinegar

When you bought your beautiful stainless steel appliances, the helpful salesperson probably didn’t mention that within minutes of installation they would look like they’d been licked by a hound dog and wiped off with a piece of buttered toast. Well you can have bright and shiny stainless steel in your kitchen – without the overpriced stainless steel cleaner you’ll find in stores.

First, pour a little olive oil on a rag. Wipe the stainless steel surface all over with the oil. You’ll be amazed at how it effortlessly lifts fingerprints and shines your appliances. Then dampen another rag with white vinegar and rub over it again. This method not only cleans and shines your stainless steel, but it will keep it smudge free for days – even with little ones in the house!

Use the olive oil and vinegar technique a couple of times a month, or on heavy cleaning days.

For everyday maintenance and cleanup use one part white vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray down your stainless steel surface and wipe off with a dry cloth. Zip zap zip! Your showroom kitchen will shine like never before.

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What do you think?



  1. 5

    Just tried it on my “stainless” dishwasher with no change then on real stainless stove which worked well. Anyone have any cleaning tips for faux stainless?

  2. 6

    So it’s amazing how many people THINK they have stainless steel, when in fact, it’s a metal wrap product that is not steet at all, or a “stainless steel finish”, which could actually be a plastic product. I wonder if this will work on those surfaces? If you want to know if you truely have stainless…put a magnet on it and see if it sticks.

  3. 7

    Has anyone tried this other than the author? I’m skeptical…

  4. 8

    This makes so much sense! I love it! I have always made my own vinegar and alcohol cleaner that works great on almost everything but wears you out cleaning stainless surfaces. Having the oil to the vinegar lets oils attract and lift and vinegar to clean. πŸ™‚

  5. 9

    I always have both of these ingredients on hand, and I’m not very pleased with the commercial ss cleaning products—going to try it now on my refrigerator, have been procrastinating long enough on getting it done! Will get back to you with my results…thx