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How to clean a stainless steel refrigerator and microwave: stains will disappear instantly

Alina MilsentLife
Stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances - microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens - look elegant and modern. However, this surface is actually the one that is most susceptible to stains and dirt.

With the help of eco-friendly ingredients, you can easily clean stainless surfaces to a shiny finish. Architectural Digest has revealed the details.

Simple life hacks

Hard water stains can be removed with a simple wipe, while frozen food and grease stains will require more drastic measures. Wipe the surfaces with a soft cloth to avoid scratches and unpleasant marks.

The easiest way is to use a mixture of warm water and dishwashing gel. Finally, gently wipe off the dirt with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.

Vinegar and baking soda will get rid of the toughest dirt. Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface, then apply white vinegar. Gently wipe the stain with a soft cloth or paper towel and rinse with warm water.

Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance, suggests washing stainless surfaces with sparkling water.

Essential oils

According to Tim Conn, president and co-founder of Image One, a cleaning company, stainless steel treatment consists of two parts: the actual cleaning and polishing. So another unusual life hack is to use essential oils. A mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil will help polish the surface.

Plant-based detergent formulas instantly get rid of stains. In addition, essential oils are a natural antiseptic that also fights bacteria.

Not only do the oils act as a protective coating, but they will also repel stains and even cover up small scratches.

An all-purpose cleaner

For a simple cleaning solution, you need white vinegar, lemon juice, and water. Ron Shimek has a step-by-step recipe.

Step 1: Fill a spray bottle with water and white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. For a pleasant flavor, you can add a few drops of lemon juice or essential oils.

Step 2: Apply the solution to the appliance or stainless steel countertop. Add a little baking soda and carefully remove stubborn dirt.

Step 3: Remove any residual solution, dampen a microfiber cloth with water, and apply a few drops of dishwashing detergent. This additional step will remove acid residue from the vinegar.

Step 4: Polish the surfaces with olive oil. Use a small amount of olive oil on a microfiber cloth.

What not to use for cleaning surfaces

Do not use steel wool, powders, ammonia, or bleach for kitchen appliances - they can be too intense and damage the finish. Abrasive cleaners will only make the situation worse by leaving scratches.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you about the best ways to clean tiles in the bathroom and kitchen.

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