The Green Cleaning Tip for February from our friends at GoingGreenHouse.com is particularly useful if you have any stainless steel in your home and you don’t want to use poisonous chemicals.
Many of our major household appliances are stainless steel. If you’ve owned one for long enough, though, you know it’s not exactly “stainless”. Greasy fingerprints and water stains are all too common on refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves—and it definitely doesn’t look pretty. Luckily, there is an amazing, all natural way to clean the unsightly mess from your stainless appliances. All you need is olive oil and vinegar.
- Spray bottle
- 1 part vinegar and 1 part water mixture
- Microfiber cloth
- Olive oil
- Start by cleaning your appliance with the vinegar and water mixture. Be generous. Use paper towel or cloth to wipe clean in the direction of the grain. This should remove the basic debris, like stuck on food or sticky fingerprints.
- Dip your microfiber cloth in a small bit of olive oil. You can always dip again if you need more.
- Polish the appliance in the direction of the grain. The fingerprints and water marks should start to disappear.
- Buff out any streaks, and BAM! Now you’ve got a shiny appliance again!
It really is as simple as that. If you’ve used this natural magic to clean all your stainless appliances, and are bummed you have nothing left to make shiny, you can also do something similar to your stainless steel sink! Yep, that’s right!
Now, obviously the sink gets a lot more use than the other appliances, so olive oil would not be used for this, but hang on to that vinegar and water mixture!
- Spray bottle
- 1 part vinegar 1 part water mixture
- Baking soda
- Microfiber towels
- Spray the vinegar and water mixture all over the sink to clean the initial mess. For added shine (and fresh, citrusy goodness) cut a lemon in half and rub all over sink and faucet.
- Mix baking soda and water together until it forms a paste.
- Scrub the sink with the paste. For extra tough stains or spots, let it sit for 20 mins. Then rinse clean.
- Dry with microfiber cloth.
All this heavenly shine from just a few ingredients you probably already have lying around the house! So, if you’re tired of your dull, messy stainless steel appliances, give this a try! It’s amazing!
Green Cleaning Tip for February