It was cleaning day and I ran out. I simply ran out of stainless steel cleaner and polish and I didn’t want to run to the store again. I was going to have to make my own homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish if I was going to get my cleaning done.
I’m sure you have been there too. That day that just dragged on forever trying to get the house clean and run the family to where they need to be. It was late and I didn’t want to make another trip to the store just for more cleaning supplies.
That’s the day I found to find a great substitution for a store-bought stainless steel cleaner and polish.
This homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish had to come from the ingredients I already had because there was no way I was getting in my car driving anywhere. Period.
Since I have cleaning helpers (a.k.a. my kids), this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish needed to work. I really don’t like going behind them to do it right, therefore, it needs to work the first time.
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Also, it has to be easy. This homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish should not take long to make or take long to clean and polish. I so needed easy that day.
That is when I remembered that plain vinegar is great for windows and mirrors so why wouldn’t it be great for a homemade stainless steel cleaner too? And, do you know what? It is!
And then I found a great substitution for a stainless steel polish. You probably have some in your pantry now. Olive Oil. I’m not kidding!
Olive oil is great for protecting all your stainless steel products.
So head to your pantry and gather your supplies. It’s time to get your stainless steel sparkling like new with this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish
To make this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish you should already have these ingredients on hand.
Here is what you need to make this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish:
Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner:
- Plain white vinegar
- Plastic spray bottle
- Microfiber cloth or Paper towels
Stainless Steel Polish:
- Olive Oil
- Microfiber cloth (you could use paper towels also if you don’t want to wash your microfiber towel, it’ll just take a little more elbow grease to make sure you don’t leave any oily residue behind)
A funnel will come in handy transferring the vinegar to your spray bottle.
Since there are no essential oils being used in this recipe, a plastic spray bottle will be just fine for this recipe.
You can easily find one at your local dollar store or you might have an extra one on hand.
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To Clean: For this homemade stainless steel cleaner just add plain White Vinegar to a spray bottle. Do not dilute with water.
Spray on stainless surfaces and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Use approximately 1/2 cup per appliance depending on the number of stainless surfaces you have to clean.
To Polish: Once the homemade stainless steel cleaner has dried, apply a small amount of Olive Oil to a different dry cloth and polish the surface using a circular motion. Make sure to wipe away any excess oil.
What Does It Cost?
Now is the time you get to stand back and gawk at your beautiful stainless steel appliances using your homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish.
- 1/2 Cup Vinegar = 8¢
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil = 23¢
Total Cost = 31¢ Per Use
Note: This does not cover the cost of the spray bottle or clothes/paper towels.
Sometimes easy is just the thing you need to get things clean.
No large lists of crazy chemicals, just 2 ingredients are needed for this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish.
And it works. Really works! Now, how simple is that?!
YOUR TURN: What else do you think you could use this homemade stainless steel cleaner and polish on? Let me know in the comments below!
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