How to clean and polish a stainless steel fridge

Stainless steel appliances look lovely, but they do show up fingerprints very easily.  I was photographing my fridge recently for me how to organise the fridge post and noticed that it had fingerprints all over it, it was so grubby.  So I thought this was a good time to share my tips on how to clean and polish a stainless steel fridge.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Pour the following ingredients into a spray bottle and shake:

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part water

Vinegar can be found in the same aisle as salad dressings, cheaper than the bottles sold in the cleaning section and they are exactly the same!  Vinegar does have a strong scent when you spray it, however, don’t be deterred by this as it will disappear within a few seconds.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

Using a microfibre cloth, clean the outside of the fridge with the vinegar/water solution.This will remove any dirt and grime build up. I spray the solution onto the fridge then wipe, but do not over use (as this may leave water marks), you only want a fine mist. Don’t forget behind the door handles, this is where I usually find s

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

To polish away the finger prints, use a paper towel with a splash of oil.  I use olive oil from my pantry.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

Wipe in the direction of the grain and add more oil to the towel when necessary.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

You can see from the image below how effective this method is, the left is cleaned and the right and freezer drawer still dirty.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

This homemade stainless steel cleaner can be used on all appliances, stove tops and the kitchen sink.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!


 

What to you have trouble keeping clean in your home?

 


Find more tips on cleaning the inside of the fridge here and organising the fridge it here.

You can purchase stainless steel cleaner from the supermarket. But instead, eliminate the use of chemicals by making this very simple, inexpensive and effective homemade stainless steel cleaner using ingredients you can find in your pantry!

You may also like

10 comments

Sheridan Anne June 6, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Love this cleaning method! I’ve used it for a while too. I came across the oil trick completely by accident (cooking spray mishap, aimed at the toaster by accident!!!).
The only thing I found is that the directions for my stove top around the knobs rubbed off. Could just be my particular oven make (Westinghouse) or could be a common thing so now I work around surfaces with anything like that on there.

Reply
Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Interesting, do you spray the oil on Sheridan? Love how you can find great things by accident 🙂

Reply
Polly June 11, 2016 - 12:32 AM

here in the US we have Dollar stores, so I buy white vinegar at our Dollar Tree. I keep one bottle under the kitchen sink and one in the laundry room.

Reply
Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Great idea Polly, it has so many uses

Reply
Vickie Lacsina June 12, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Hi Kat. How about if you over use vinegar with water in cleaning stainless steel faucet or aluminum sink? How to make them shine again?

Reply
Sharon October 8, 2016 - 6:26 AM

Hi kat
How long would you keep vinegar /water in a bottle,before it needs changing.
Also have you got any tips on how to keep plastic chopping boards fresh as even after I have had
Them in the dishwasher they still carry an oader

Reply
Karen February 2, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Hi Kat,
I love your website! I’ve picked up so many tips from you! Would I be able to use an essential oil like vanilla or lemon rather than olive oil? Or would this damage the stainless?

Reply
Steve from Best Bond Cleaners February 17, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Nice cleaning tips.
Another tip I’d like to add is to buff the stainless steel with the grain (as opposed to against it) when you do the polishing. You’ll get a much better shine this way.

By the way, we clean for a living 🙂

Reply
Direct Appliance Rentals June 22, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Awesome! Check out our blog about cleaning stainless steel appliances for more tips 🙂 https://www.directappliancerentals.com.au/clean-stainless-steel-household-rental-appliances/

Reply
ALOmaids December 19, 2017 - 12:46 AM

wow amazing, i will definately go for these helpful tips thanks for sharing.

Reply

Leave a Comment