Appliances, especially stainless steel appliances, do get dirty. You want to clean them so that they shine. However, you want to be gentle with them so that you don’t scratch them. These natural and cheap appliance stain remover ideas will help you get the job done.
9 Natural and Cheap Appliance Stain Remover Ideas
You can easily make natural and cheap appliance stain remover using products that you probably already have in your home. Here are nine good options from Smart House, Smart Living:
1. Vinegar and Oil
Distilled white vinegar is one of the best DIY cleaners for the home when used correctly. To clean stains from an appliance, start by creating a diluted vinegar spray with water. Spray it onto the stain. Wipe down. Once the stain is gone, wipe a little olive oil onto the spot to polish it and really make it shine.
2. Club Soda
That’s right; the same stain remover that you use on fabric might also work on your appliances.
3. Dish Soap
It’s true; the same soap you use to clean your dishes works on most appliances. You can make a sudsy bath, dip a cloth into it, then use this to wipe away stains. When the stain is gone, you can use olive oil (or baby oil or mineral oil) to polish up the appliance.
4. Lemon Oil Furniture Polish
You might already own this or know how to make it because you use it on wood furniture. Well, you can use it on appliances, too. Just make sure that you apply it to a towel first and wipe lightly, rather than applying it directly onto the appliance.
Glass cleaner is also useful for cleaning many appliances. You can DIY it in several ways. For example, combine water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol.
6. Bon Ami
If you’re not familiar with this product, it’s a non-toxic biodegradable powder cleanser for use around the home. It’s an affordable cleaner. Use it on appliances.
7. Baking Soda and Water
If you have a stubborn stain on your hands then you need a little bit of friction. Baking soda provides that. You might not want to use this on the surfaces of appliances, because you don’t want to scratch them. However, as Grand Appliance and TV points out, you can use it in some areas, such as inside ovens.
8. Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is a little bit stronger than the above option. Plus, you can use it to clean the inside of dishwashers!
Do you keep this stuff around your house? If so, then you don’t have to spend anything to use it for cleaning. Spray it on appliances lightly and wipe it down. It removes stains and actually protects against future stains for a little while. Do note, however, that in terms of “natural” this is our least organic product. Take that into consideration when using this in your kitchen.
Tips for Cleaning Appliances
Starting with a natural and cheap appliance stain remover is the most important part of the job. But here are some extra tips for cleaning appliances:
- When wiping down stainless steel appliances, go with the grain.
- Start with the gentlest cleaners possible then work your way up if grime sticks.
- Use the right fabric when cleaning appliances; smooth microfiber is usually your best bet.
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Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer with more than a decade of experience writing about healthy living and personal finance. She lives in San Francisco, where she has learned to maximize frugal living tips in order to thrive as a freelancer in one of the nation’s most expensive cities. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring the city on foot with her rescue dog. Learn more about her at www.kathrynvercillo.com. Kathryn also writes about saving money with coupons over at GroceryCouponGuide.com .