Ditch the chemicals and expense of store bought stainless steel cleaner & easily make your own. DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner cost pennies and works great!
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Money Saving DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner
When I got my first stainless steel appliances the sales person really pushed having a stainless steel cleaner. They made it sound like normal cleaner would melt my appliance and ruin it. But steel cleaner is SO expensive! Not only did I avoid using it much, because it was precious, when the bottle was gone it took me forever to buy a new one. I didn’t want to spend that much! Haha
Fast forward several years and I am trying to homemake as much stuff as possible to keep chemicals in our house to a minimum. I decided to search for a homemade stainless steel cleaner. After looking through many different recipes I finally made my own. I wanted to kick myself because it is SO easy to make y’all! Not to mention the money I’m saving. For me it’s a no-brainer.
I add essential oils to help with disinfecting and to add a lovely smell. You can make your stainless steel cleaner without them and it will still be completely effective.
Are you ready to make your own and save some cash?!?
Let’s Make Our Stainless Steel Cleaner
Supplies & Ingredients:
Let’s talk about spray bottles real quick before we make our cleaner. If you decide to put essential oils in your steel cleaner then you should use a glass spray bottle. Essential oils are strong enough to gradually break down a plastic bottle. I’m not gonna lie though, I totally use a plastic bottle for my cleaner even with oils in it. I’m too afraid of breaking the glass spray bottle. You do you.
How to make your steel cleaner:
- First you want to use equal parts water and white vinegar. The amount used will depend on the size of your bottle. If you have a smaller bottle start with 1/2 cup of each and add more if necessary. If you’re bottle is larger then you can start with a cup of each. Just make sure to add equal amounts.
- Next add in one drop of dish soap. Again if you have a larger spray bottle you can add 2 drops.
- If you are adding essential oils you can add them now. I used 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of lemon. Lavender and lemon smell great together. I use them all the time so they are a great investment.
- Mix around in the bottle to distribute everything evenly.
You’re all done! Now spray liberally to your stainless steel appliances and rub. A microfiber cloth does a good job, but anything will work. Your DIY stainless steel cleaner may require slightly more effort than a store bought cleaner. It literally costs pennies to make so I’m okay with that! Check out the before and afters and see for yourself how awesome it works.
Because this homemade cleaner is mostly water and vinegar it will also work on glass. I sprayed it on my stainless steel microwave and it cleaned both the steel and the glass front. Pro tip: Spray it on mirrors and windows, then wipe them down with crumpled newspaper for a streak free shine.
Also, if you’re looking for a stainless steel polish, you can use straight olive oil to shine up all your steel appliances! The first time I made my cleaner I put olive oil straight into the spray bottle. I do not recommend this because it doesn’t take long for the oil to go rancid. My cleaner smelled and I had to throw the whole thing out. Boooooo! Good thing it’s so cheap. Just put a small amount of oil on the cloth and rub it around!