I was wishy-washy about putting stainless steel in our kitchen, because I’m actually a fan of white appliances. Gasp! It is true. I had to be convinced to go stainless steel. One thing that made me super nervous were the greasy fingerprints, which I noticed on all the display models at the store. (Maybe I should email this post to those stores?)
There are three little ones running around this house, which means there are thirty fingers actively leaving their marks all over my home and stainless steel appliances. It will be very soon when baby is adding his ten fingerprints to the mix. Children live here and I don’t mind being reminded. Still, it is nice to clean the appliances in the kitchen and give the children a clean slate for their finger smudge art. Right?
And my cleaner costs me less than 25 cents for two full bottles. And it is organic, non-toxic, fume-free and completely safe for me and my kids. In fact, I use the same cleaner to wash my fruits and vegetables. Shut the front door! Yep.
First, so greasy fingerprints clean nicely with a degreaser. That makes sense, right? You just need to make sure you have a degreaser that is safe for your stainless steel and it is an easy clean.
Step 1) To clean my fridge, I start by cleaning the water-spout. Please don’t forget the water-spout! Clean that thing like you think I’m going to personally come to your house and inspect. Whew, thank you. I use an old toothbrush to really get in there.
Step 2) Give that fridge a good degreasing. I completely smother my fridge in degreaser and wipe that bad boy. Those greasy fingerprints disappear. Important: I clean in a side-to-side motion, with the grain of the stainless steel.
Step 3) Shine the fridge with a dry cloth and a bit of window cleaner. And voilà! Beautiful!
Let’s review in picture form for you visual types.
And now, let’s see how it worked.
Now that is some very clean stainless steel!!
Now for the best part. The window cleaner costs about 1 cent per bottle when made from the Basic H concentrate and to make the degreaser is about 22 cents. And their aren’t any nasty fumes. And it works.
Let’s see that beautiful stainless steel fridge one more time. Imagine all of your different stainless steel appliances looking this clean. You know, at least until the kids come home from school.
What do you think? How do you clean your stainless steel?
If you’re interested in this cleaner, you can get it here. Or the entire nontoxic cleaning line here. I still have plenty left in my bottle I bought two years ago, it is by far the best cleaning bang for your buck. See this Youtube video of when Basic H2 was one of Oprah’s favorite things.