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How to Clean Stainless Steel

Make the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen sparkle with these tips for cleaning and eliminating smudges and fingerprints.

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Make your stainless steel appliances shine. Here's how to clean stainless steel faster, smarter, and better. You don't need to overthink it for a fast clean. Using a microfiber cloth dampened with water, wipe it across the stainless steel surface and follow immediately with a dry microfiber cloth or shammy and always go with the green when wiping the surface. Tackle tough spots with rubbing alcohol. This inexpensive solution dissolves oil quickly and dries streak-free. And don't forget the handles, which are fingerprint magnets. Once a month, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the stainless steel. Just a few drops on a soft cloth will do the trick. The oil will mask scratches, erase water spots and repel smudges. When done, buff to shine. For extra tough water spots, stains, and more, try Bar Keepers Friend, a little known but super versatile cleaning product.