Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Cleaners

Safely Clean, Polish, and Maintain Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Modern kitchen with stainless steel counters
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If you've got stainless steel appliances, you undoubtedly have fingerprints, streaks, smudges, and spots that you need an easy, earth friendly way to clean. Don't despair! There are many green products that are free of harmful ingredients, such as silicones, aerosols, and petroleum-derived ingredients, which will still bring your stainless steel back to a nice, brilliant shine!

Some green cleaning products are specifically formulated for stainless steel and others work great on stainless...MORE and other surfaces, too. So, look beyond the name on the label and give one of them a try! They'll make your stainless steel appliances, whether it's the fridge or the trashcan, look as good as the day you bought them!

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    Aussan Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

    Aussan's Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Cleans Stainless Steel
    Aussan's Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Cleans Stainless Steel. Photo © Karen Peltier

    This non-toxic, botanically-based cleaner, which is certified by the U.S. EPA's "Design for the Environment Program" and the Natural Products Association (NPA), can tackle not only stainless steel but other surfaces as well. Give it a try for anything from chrome fixtures to countertops to cooktops! Its light natural scent is sure to please everyone.

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    Begley's Multi-Surface Cleaner cleans stainless steel naturally.
    Begley's Multi-Surface Cleaner cleans stainless steel naturally. Photo © Begley's Earth Responsible Products

    Leave it to Ed Begley, Jr., actor, author, and pioneering environmentalist, for putting together this natural cleaner containing an uplifting medley of aromatherapeutic essential oils and other plant-based, sustainable ingredients that make cleaning stainless steel and other surfaces in your home, such as glass and chrome, an environmentally friendly experience!

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    Better Life Einshine Stainless Steel Cleaner
    Better Life Einshine Stainless Steel Cleaner. Photo © Better Life

    Make your cleaning routine easier—and your life a little better—with this über eco-friendly cleaner scented with soothing lavender and chamomile essential oils. Use it on stainless steel, chrome, nickel, titanium, and other metal surfaces, too. Available in two sizes, including a large, 5-gallon industrial container for you serious cleaners out there!

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    Earth Friendly Products Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
    Earth Friendly Products Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. Photo © Earth Friendly Products

    Tread lightly on the earth with this versatile metal cleaner, which contains soy-based solvents and plant-based cleaners. It's not only great for cleaning, polishing, and protecting stainless steel, but it's useful for aluminum, brass, chrome, copper, zinc, silver and most other metals, too. Plus, it's certified by the U.S. EPA's "Design for the Environment Program."

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    Jack by Eco-Me Stainless Steel Cleaner
    Jack by Eco-Me Stainless Steel Cleaner. Photo © Eco-Me

    Get some help from a new friend, Jack from Eco-Me, with cleaning your stainless steel in an environmentally friendly way. Simply spray this completely all-natural cleaner, which is Leaping Bunny certified and PETA-approved, onto stainless steel surfaces and buff dry with a microfiber cloth. It not only cleans and polishes but disinfects, too!

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    Get your stainless steel cleaning methodology down to a science with Method's non-abrasive, stainless steel cleaner. It has a fresh, albeit part-synthetic, apple orchard scent, and promises to polish surfaces without streaking. In addition, it leaves a protective layer on your stainless steel to cut down on future cleaning. By the way, Method also has Steel for Real wipes available.

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    This earth friendly cleaner from Seventh Generation features a non-abrasive, biodegradable formula using organic coconut oil, essential oils, and a few synthetic ingredients. Simply spray it on and buff the surface dry with a soft, dry cloth or rag. Enjoy a streak-free shine!

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    Zum Lab All-Purpose Cleaner
    Zum Lab All-Purpose Cleaner. Photo © Indigo Wild

    Zoom through cleaning all your stainless steel appliances with the fresh tea tree-citrus scent of this all-purpose, green cleaner! It's also great for cleaning anything from your floors to your kitchen counters. Feel good knowing that you are buying from a company that supports causes related to fighting breast cancer and helping animals.