All-Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner with Vinegar and Olive Oil

Updated on March 31, 2023 by Joseph D. Nielson

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If you’re looking for a way to make your stainless steel appliances look brand new and sparkling clean, but you don’t want to rely on chemical-laden products, then we’ve got the perfect homemade stainless steel cleaner.

Not only is this an easy and cost-effective solution, but it’s also environmentally friendly and a great way to get professional results. Give your appliances that showroom shine with Fresh Home Guide’s all-natural cleaner.

Let’s get started!

What you need:

For this homemade stainless steel, you’ll just need vinegar and olive oil. This is an effective, natural alternative to commercial cleaners because vinegar has long been known for its cleaning power – it’s great for cutting through grease and dirt, as well as killing bacteria. Olive oil provides a protective layer that can help seal in the shine.

You’ll also need an applicator bottle or container for the solution. Any glass or plastic bottle with a nozzle tip will do! It’s better to use a bottle that you can easily control the amount of cleaner being released, as this will help you apply it more accurately and get better results.

Preparing the Cleaner

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, it’s time to make the cleaner. The ratio of vinegar and olive oil is up to you – some people prefer a stronger solution with more vinegar, while others like a milder cleaner with more oil.

1. Start by pouring equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil into the applicator bottle. Secure the lid and shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together. Make sure that you don’t use too much vinegar, as it could damage your stainless steel surfaces.

2. Mix together thoroughly

Once the vinegar and olive oil are combined, it’s time to mix them together thoroughly. Shake the applicator bottle until all the ingredients are completely blended. This will ensure that the cleaner is effective and helps you get professional-level results.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil to give the cleaner a pleasant smell.

Apply the cleaner

1. Squirt a small amount onto a clean cloth

Once your homemade stainless steel cleaner is ready, it’s time to apply it. Start by squirting a small amount of the solution onto a clean cloth. Make sure that you don’t use too much – you want just enough to lightly dampen the cloth.

2. Wipe down surface of stainless steel in circular motions

Next, use the dampened cloth to wipe down the surface of your stainless steel in circular motions. This will help loosen any dirt and grime that has built up over time. Be sure to cover all areas, paying extra attention to hard-to-reach spots.

3. Use a dry or damp cloth to remove residue and buff for shine

Once you’ve wiped down the stainless steel surface, use a dry or damp cloth to remove any residue. This is an important step as it will help prevent any streaks or smudges from forming.

Finally, buff the stainless steel with a clean cloth until it shines. This is what will give your appliances that professional-level look.

Cleaning Tips

When using homemade stainless steel cleaners, there are a few tips that can help you get the best results.

1. Use the cleaner on a regular basis for best results

If you want to keep your stainless steel appliances looking like new, it is important to use the cleaner on a regular basis. Aim for once or twice a month, depending on how much traffic the area gets. This will help prevent dirt and grime from building up, which can make your stainless steel look dull over time.

2. Test small area of surface to make sure it is compatible with the cleaner

Before using the cleaner on any stainless steel surface, it is important to test a small area first. This will allow you to make sure the solution is compatible with the surface and won’t cause any damage. Simply apply a small amount of the cleaner onto an inconspicuous spot and wait a few minutes before wiping it off. If all looks good, you can proceed to use it on the rest of the surface.

3. Wipes and Polishes 

If you want to get a truly professional look, make sure to use specialized stainless steel wipes and polishes. Just remember to be careful when using these products as they can cause damage if used incorrectly.

Final Thoughts

With regular use, this homemade cleaner can dramatically improve the appearance and smell of your appliances. With a little care and the right cleaner, your stainless steel surfaces will shine for years to come.

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Q: How often should I use a stainless steel cleaner?

A: It is recommended to use a stainless steel cleaner at least once or twice a month. This will help keep dirt and grime from building up, which can make your appliances look dull over time. Additionally, if you invest in quality cleaning products, this can help extend the life of your appliances and ensure that they stay looking their best for years to come.

Q: Is it safe to use homemade cleaners on stainless steel surfaces?

A: Yes, many homemade cleaners are perfectly safe to use on stainless steel surfaces. Just make sure to test a small area first before applying it over the entire surface. This will allow you to make sure the solution is compatible and won’t cause any damage. Additionally, if you want to get the best results, investing in quality stainless steel cleaning products is a good idea.

Q: What is the best way to clean stainless steel?

A: The best way to clean stainless steel depends on the surface and how dirty it is. For light dirt and grime, using a cloth dampened with warm water should be enough to do the job. However, for heavier buildup, using a homemade cleaner or store-bought cleaning product may be necessary. Just make sure to test a small area first before applying it over the entire surface. With regular maintenance and the right cleaner, your appliances will stay looking their best for years to come.

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!