To rate something as the “best thing” to clean stainless steel – or anything for that matter – it has to be effective, inexpensive, multi-purpose, easy-to-use and ideally non-toxic/environmentally friendly. I’m happy to report I’ve found it!
I’m popping in with a short post today – a continuation of yesterday’s post on cleaning stains from mugs, dishes, pots, and pans.
Everyone has a different recipe or different product for cleaning stainless steel appliances. I’ve seen vinegar and olive oil, baking soda, distilled water, chemical cleaners, and specialized polishes. I’m sure they all work.
But I don’t want a cupboard full of different products for every single cleaning surface. I want the fewest number of bottles under my sink, for the least expense, with the best results.
Is that really too much to ask?
Having written that – vinegar and olive oil are always in my pantry – but there’s something about applying oil to my stainless steel appliances that has me envisioning fruit flies and a sticky residue. I haven’t tried it – it’s just my imagination at work.
So I decided to give my Scrub Daddy Power Paste a try. I’ve already purchased the container for stained mugs and cutlery scuffs on dishes. I plan to try it on my shower tile and glass. I know it works brilliantly on bathroom sinks and fixtures. It’s supposed to be able to handle lime scale and calcium build-up on taps, toilets, and shower heads. It’s also recommended for ovens, grills, stovetops, grease, mildew, glass and silverware. (I’ve tried, stovetops, oven glass, and silverware as well and can vouch that it works really well)
Why not try it on stainless steel?
This is my fridge and it’s been about a month since I’ve wiped it down.
Fingerprints from dirty or greasy hands, bit of jam, bit of ham, bit of no thank you ma’am. 😂
The lower section is covered with spots from (I’m guessing) my wet dog shaking in the kitchen.
It’s dirty, it’s dull, and it needs a good clean.
So what is the best thing to clean stainless steel?
I think I’ve found it! And no, I’m not working for the company or getting any kind of freebie or anything.
Check out my scrub session on Instagram:
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This is my clean and polished stainless steel fridge AFTER power paste:
(This post contains Amazon affiliate links to products I purchased. For full Amazon affiliate disclosure, please see the bottom of the page)
The power paste – which I am using for dishes, pots, pans, bathrooms, shower glass… anything and everything – also does an AMAZING job cleaning and polishing stainless steel appliances!
I tested it and it polished it beautifully! Note that it doesn’t keep future fingerprints off of your appliances though – so if there is a magic solution for that, I’m all ears.
Not even 5 minutes of cleaning including photographing and videoing.
I didn’t show the amount of dirt that came off of my fridge (you get a glimpse of the rag in my IG video), so I decided to polish up my stainless steel kettle to give you an idea of how much dirt and oxidation is actually removed:
The kettle isn’t gross, but it’s not shiny either.
My Scrub Mommy and a bit of power paste and look:
And look how much dirt was removed:
Just from that little kettle – which I didn’t think was that dirty!
So the appeal of these Scrub Daddy products – to me – is
- They are relatively inexpensive. The Scrub Mommy sponge I found at the dollar store and the power paste is available for $9.99 US on the Scrub Daddy website. (extra shipping costs if you are outside of the continental US)
- Both the sponge and the paste are considered abrasive, but the ultra-finely ground clay/magnesium and hydrogen are as close as you can get to non-abrasive while still having some scrubbing power. (*Note: not for use on brass, copper, varnished surfaces, soft or delicate surfaces). I’d argue that the grit is even less than BarKeeper’s friend – so very gentle.
- It uses very little product to get phenomenal results – which means it will last forever in my house.
- It cleans just about everything, which means my cleaning cupboard will contain power paste, window cleaner, furniture polish and dish soap for just about all of my cleaning needs! (I have a steam mop for floors and a portable steamer for grout lines and window tracks)
- This is last on my list, but it is important that Power Paste is a natural cleaner – this means it’s non-toxic and biodegradable (but they did sneak in a light citrus scent so the house smells clean)
You don’t clean your stainless steel appliances that often? Or you don’t have stainless steel appliances?
Check out my “clean” kitchen sink:
Washed and rinsed with a bit of dish soap and my ENJO kitchen cloth.
And here I thought it was clean in the before photo!
Turns out there was a light layer of residue – whether it be from the dish soap, oxidation, residual grease that didn’t get removed – I had no idea!
After, the water beads right off the finish and it absolutely shines!
How about some before and afters to convince you that this is the best thing to clean stainless steel:
I’m not Aurikateriina – so by no means a professional – but if she can clean an entire house with dish soap and a bit of power paste, I’m completely on board.
Especially with results like these!
Okay, I’m off my “soapbox” – get it 😂 – I just like to share a good thing.
Have a great one!