Cleaners for Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Products to Make Your Kitchen Shine

Stainless kitchen appliances look marvelous in the showroom, but once home and subjected to regular household traffic, they require regular cleaning and buffing to keep them looking nice. But maintenance does not have to mean hours of scrubbing and polishing. While many stainless cleaners require more effort to get a streak-free shine, these favorite brands do not. They work better and faster so you can move on to doing more enjoyable things with your time.

You can generally use a stainless steel cleaner on stainless kitchen appliances such as ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, vent hoods, sinks or small counter appliances. The appliances should be cool to touch before you clean them and use only as recommended by the manufacturer.

When you change to another brand of stainless steel cleaner, it often takes more than one cleaning session to remove the other type of polish left behind by the previous brand of cleaner. Expect the task to lighten once you've removed all the previous cleaner's build-up of formula or protective finish.

Clean your kitchen appliances at least weekly, although you may be able to go longer if you there are only one or two persons in the household. If you have a busy home that includes kids under 10 years of age, you can expect to clean stainless steel appliances much more often. Most stainless steel cleaners will leave a polish with the shine to help it stay clean longer. But don't expect too much—they do help some, but grime and fingerprints have a tendency to break through this protective shield. How long it maintains that polish will vary with different households.

This list of cleaners are ones that work well and are listed in order of preference. Once you've bought a stainless cleaner for kitchen appliances, you'll quickly find other stainless steel items around the home to clean with it.

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    Sprayway 841 Stainless Steel Polish & Cleaner

    Sprayway SW841R Aerosol Stainless Steel Polish & Cleaner
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    Sprayway is one of the best stainless steel cleaners for cleaning stainless kitchen appliances. It takes very little effort, time and wiping to get a streak-free shine. It resists fingerprints extremely well and protects for a few days. Compared to other great stainless cleaners, it takes less effort and time.

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    CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner

    CLR CSS-12 Stainless Steel Cleaner
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    An outstanding cleaner for stainless steel appliances, the CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner takes very little pressure to get a shiny, streak-free shine. Its best feature is that it dries quickly to a nice sheen, so you're not working hard at wiping it dry. In fact, it needs very little effort even if the appliance has lots of watermarks and smudges. It's the best choice if you don't mind an aerosol spray and you want to get the job done quickly.

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    Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner

    Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish
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    Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner is a liquid spray that does a very good cleaning of stainless kitchen appliances. It requires less scrubbing effort than most to get a streak-free clean shine. Both the Weiman and 3M cleaners are excellent, but price value of the Weiman is better, along with the fact that it cleans water drips faster than the 3M brand.

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    3M Stainless Steel Cleaner

    3M 14002 Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
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    The 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner is excellent for cleaning a stainless range front and control panel, microwave, and refrigerator. It has lots of power to remove grime, fingerprints, and grease. This aerosol cleaner is easy to use and requires a less effort and scrubbing when compared with some brands.

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    Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes

    Weiman Stainless Steel Canister Wipes
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    These stainless wipes are handy for small touch-ups. The formula dries extremely fast. The wipe format is nice to clean around the small areas such as the refrigerator handle or range control knobs. However, they cost more and don't clean as thoroughly as the Weiman's stainless steel cleaner in trigger bottle format. The advantage is that they are convenient and can be discarded after use.

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    Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish

    Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish
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    This is a recommended consumer favorite cleaner especially for stainless steel cookware, but you can also use it for stainless appliances and glass cooktops. It's a great economical alternative.

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    Howard Products Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner

    Howard Products SS5012 Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner Trigger Spray
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    If you're looking for a natural product to clean stainless steel appliances, this is a good choice. It is nonaerosol and gets good consumer ratings.

  • 08 of 09

    Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Cleaners

    Scotch-Brite™ Stainless Steel Cleaners
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    The Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Cleaner Kit is a good alternative to spray or liquid cleansers, for stainless steel appliances. Though it requires more effort to get a streak-free shine, it leaves a nice polished gleam that helps to resist fingerprints. The handle and pre-moistened cleaning pads are easy to use and reasonably priced.

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  • 09 of 09

    Pro Chef Microfiber Cloth

    Pro Chef Microfiber Cloth for Stainless Steel
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    When you'd prefer a cloth rather than using a cleanser with a different cloth every time, this Pro Chef microfiber cloth is very popular with consumers.