Anyone with a kitchen full of stainless steel appliances knows that they require quite a bit of upkeep for that spot-free look. They’re very susceptible to fingerprint smudges, scratches, and water stains, but seeing that pristine, mirror-like gleam once they’ve been cleaned up is so worth it!
To get started, dust off your stainless steel unit with a cleaning rag, then apply a little bit of your stainless steel cleaner of choice and wipe down with the grain to restore the piece to its original luster! Here are the best stainless steel cleaners to always have on standby.
3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
Nearly any shiny metal surface in your kitchen can get a refresh with this stainless steel cleaner from 3M, as it works on aluminum and chrome as well. Users love how the solution is instantly effective, and how only a tiny amount is needed for it to work.
Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Trigger Spray
This stainless steel cleaner from Weiman easily wipes away cooking residue and water stains without needing to buff out the streaks afterwards, and it also imparts a protective layer of polish that helps stave off grime for longer.
Howard Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner
For those looking for a natural product, this stainless steel cleaner is made from a blend of plant-derived ingredients like soybean oil and coconut oil — and it’s even scented with essential oils to impart a pleasant smell. Reviewers love that it doesn’t take any extra elbow grease to work just as well as the more potent stuff.
Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner Aerosol
You’ve invested in the luxe look of stainless steel, so keep it gleaming with this cleaner. Gunk on your dishwasher, toaster, fridge, and even your outdoor grill easily wipes away with a cloth after a few sprays, and its polishing properties smooth out fine scratches, while helping them stay fingerprint-resistant.
Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser
For buffing out the hard-water marks on stainless steel refrigerators or porcelain sinks, Bar Keepers Friend is a great cleaner to keep around. Not only can you refresh the surfaces and fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom, but it also does wonders in restoring the sheen to your cookware and knife sets — just make sure you give them a good wash afterwards.