Stainless steel abounds in our homes these days. Our kitchen is loaded with stainless steel – large appliances, small appliances, pans and then our Weber grill on the patio. We also have young kids who simply cannot help themselves from touching and smearing their dirty hands on everything all the time.
While we don’t clean our stainless steel daily, eventually the smudges and grime get to the point where we bust out a cleaner and wipe it clean. Our grill gets especially grimy being outside uncovered for a good chunk of the year. And then there are stainless steel pots, pans and cookware which also requires some serious cleaning solutions.
Check out these 13 ways to clean stainless steel pans and cookware here (but also check out the cleaning options below). Our preference these days, when feasible, is to opt for eco-friendly household cleaners. There are many options, fortunately.
Here’s a good list that includes solutions as well as fabric-based cleaners.
1. “HAUS Naturals” Stainless Steel Cleaner
HAUS Naturals is totally eco-friendly and extraordinarily effective at removing streaks, smudges and fingerprints from all stainless steel surfaces including appliances, grill, pots, pans and jewelry. It’s safe for pets and kids. It couldn’t be easier to use – simply spray and wipe.
When we tested this, we found it worked best with a slightly damp cloth. It’s a blend of green cleaning ingredients that is safe, good for the environment and very effective at cleaning.
2. “Hey Mom” Stainless Steel Cleaner for Appliances
If you are looking for a cleaner for your stainless steel appliances, consider the Hey Mom Stainless Steel Cleaner for Appliances. This product has earned its high reviews because of its ability to remove smudges, build-up, and stains on your appliances, keeping them looking clean and fresh. Additionally, by using this product, you will help create a barrier between your appliances and future messes.
The Hey Mom Stainless Steel Cleaner was also designed so it won’t drip like crazy when you spray. This will make cleaning your appliances much easier and less frustrating. Unlike other cleaners that use harsh chemicals that could be dangerous to your family, this item is naturally derived.
Every ingredient used to make this cleaner is considered safe to use around children and pets, so you won’t need to worry about cleaning with this product if you have young children or animals in your home. The Hey Mom Stainless Steel Cleaner is a liquid cleaner. To use it, you just need to spray the surface to be cleaned, let it sit for a few moments, then wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth.
The cleaner will leave your appliances clean and protected. They will also have a pleasant warm and clean vanilla scent.
3. Norwex Stainless Steel Cloth
With the Norwex Stainless Steel Cloth, you’ll be able to clean your stainless steel surfaces with just water. This product will help you to remove 99% of bacteria from your surfaces and will leave them shiny and streak-free. You can also use this product to clean items and surfaces made from other metals.
The Norwex Stainless Steel Cloth is made from microfiber and features a special weave that is designed to pick up and trap contaminants. This item includes the company’s exclusive BacLock agent, which is a micro silver that is woven in the cloth. This material will self-purify, making the cloth free of bacteria, mold, and other contaminants within 24 hours.
People love this item and have given it very high reviews since it allows you to thoroughly clean stainless surfaces using just water. First, wipe down the surface to remove grease and grime (the company recommends using their EnviroCloth for this step). Then, use a dry Stainless Steel Cloth to polish the surface, moving in the direction of the grain.
4. EliminateRust Stainless Steel Rust Remover and Cleaner
With the EliminateRust Stainless Steel Rust Remover and Cleaner, you’ll be able to thoroughly clean all the stainless steel surfaces in your home. This product can clean and polish stoves, sinks, grills, cookware, and more. Additionally, if you have any rust that has accumulated on any of your stainless surfaces, this product can help remove the rust.
The rust-removing formula of this product also helps to reduce corrosion, thus increasing the lifespan of stainless steel appliances and pipes. This item is made using 100% organic materials. The main ingredients include anionic surfactants and ionic surfactants.
This product is also safe to use in food industries since it is both environmentally friendly and people friendly.
This is a liquid cleaner that is easy to use. All you’ll need to do is rub it onto your stainless steel items using a damp sponge, let it sit for two to six minutes (or longer if there is a lot of rust), and wipe it off using a clean damp cloth. Many people love this cleaner and it has received a lot of praise and high reviews for its effectiveness.
5. Meliora Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub
With the Meliora Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub, you’ll be able to clean multiple surfaces in your home, including those made of stainless steel. This product is ideal to use on surfaces such as stovetops, sinks, appliances, countertops, and more. It has received high reviews due to its safe, yet effective formula.
This cleaner is eco-friendly and is made using safe ingredients. The scrub is a mix of baking soda and the company’s All Purposes Home Cleaner Soap (vegetable-based formula). The ingredients make this product 100% biodegradable.
It is also septic-safe and cruelty-free. You can purchase either an unscented product or one with a peppermint tea tree scent. Simply get the surface that needs to be cleaned wet, then sprinkle the scrub over the surface.
Then, you’ll just need to rub the area using a damp rag or sponge. After you have finished rubbing the surface, rinse it and wipe it dry.
6. Begley’s Natural Multi Surface Cleaner
In addition to being safe to use on stainless steel surfaces, you’ll also be able to use Begley’s Natural Multi Surface Cleaner on glass, tiles, walls, countertops, and more. This liquid cleaner comes in a non-aerosol spray bottle that can be recycled. The ingredients in Begley’s Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner are safe, will not produce any dangerous fumes, are phosphate free, and PH neutral.
You can feel safe using this product to clean where you prep food in your kitchen. Some of the main ingredients in it include Water, Decyl Glucoside, Alkyl Glucoside, and Alcohol Denat. The spray bottle design makes cleaning very simple.
Just spray the surface that needs to be cleaned and wipe it with a damp cloth. Users of this product give it high reviews because of how quick and easy it is to enjoy clean and fresh surfaces throughout your home.
7. ECOS Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
The ECOS Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish was created to give your appliances a beautiful appearance without the use of harmful chemicals. This item also helps to protect your stainless-steel appliances from getting water spots, smudges, or stains. This liquid cleaner is created using a variety of ingredients that are eco-friendly.
Some of the main ingredients include water, methyl soyate, and two plant-powered cleaners (Laureth 9 and Laureth 3). This cleaner has been awarded the EPA safer choice award due to the eco-friendly ingredients that were used to make it. Many customers have given this product high reviews because of its cleaning abilities.
Cleaning your appliances with it is quick and easy. All you need to do is spray the cleaner on a damp cloth. Then, just rub the cloth over your appliance until the appliance has a clean and shiny appearance.
8. Howard Products SS0012 Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you are looking for a cleaner that will allow you to clean a variety of stainless surfaces in addition to your appliances and sink, consider the Howard Products SS0012 Stainless Steel Cleaner. You can use this item on toasters, faucets, trash cans, grills, microwaves, dishwashers, and so many more surfaces. It is designed to leave your stainless steel items clean and free of streaks.
When you use it to clean, you will be able to easily remove dust, fingerprints, and smudges from your items. This product is a favorite for many users who love how clean and fresh it leaves their stainless steel surfaces. With its vegetable-derived formula, this product is completely safe to use in your kitchen.
The plant-based ingredients (including soybean oil and coconut oil) are non-toxic, so you can use this product near food-prep surfaces without worrying. Using this liquid cleaner is simple to use. Just shake the bottle lightly.
Then, you can either spray the cleaner onto a soft cloth, or you can spray it onto the surface that needs to be cleaned. Use the soft cloth to polish the stainless steel along the grain.
9. Method Steel for Real Stainless Steel Polish
If you are looking for a product that will make your stainless steel appliances shine, then look no further than the Method Steel for Real Stainless Steel Polish. This product will allow you to clean and polish your stainless steel surfaces and appliances, without needing to worry about streaks or smears. After you have cleaned your surfaces with this cleaner, they will be protected with a barrier against dirt, grime, and fingerprints.
This cleaner is made using safe and biodegradable ingredients. Among the top ingredients are water, ethanol, propanediol, and phenoxyethanol. It is also scented with apple blossoms, peach nectar, and vanilla, to make you feel like you are in an apple orchard.
Customers love this product because of how clean and polished it makes their stainless steel surfaces look. To use it, simply spray your surfaces and wipe them using a damp cloth. You can finish by polishing them using a dry towel.
10. Boulder Clean Natural Granite and Stainless Steel Cleaner
With the Boulder Clean Natural Granite and Stainless Steel Cleaner, you’ll be able to clean your stainless surfaces without the use of chlorine, fumes, wax, or silicone. It is designed to clean countertops and other surfaces that are stainless or granite. When you use this item, you don’t need to worry about any filmy or waxy residue being left behind. It will do an excellent job of removing grease, grime, and fingerprints from your stainless surfaces.
This item has received a large number of high reviews from very satisfied customers. The ingredients found in this item allow it to meet the EPA’s Safer Choice standards. It has a plant-based formula which includes plant-based surfactants (Caprylyl Glucoside and Decyl Glucoside) and plant-based solvents (Ethanol and Isopropylidene Glycercol).
You’ll be impressed with how simple it is to clean your stainless steel surfaces using this cleaner. All you need to do is spray the surface with the cleaner, and wipe it dry/polish it using a soft cloth.
11. Norwex Cleaning Paste
The Norwex Cleaning Paste is designed to help you clean a variety of surfaces in your home. With this product, you can remove scuff marks, permanent marker, hard water stains, grime, and more from surfaces including stainless steel, porcelain, and chrome. You can also use it on items that come in contact with food or beverages, such as coffee pots, glasses, and plates.
People who have purchased this product love it because it helps them remove stains that they didn’t think they’d ever get rid of. It also helps make stainless steel surfaces look clean, shiny, and streak-free. This paste is phosphate- and acid-free.
It includes no harmful chemicals, so you won’t need to worry about using it around food contact surfaces. This product ships as a solid, but will turn into a paste by adding just a little bit of water. The company recommends using one of their EnviroCloths (microfiber) to clean with the paste.
Just wet the EnviroCloth, dip it in the jar to remove some paste, and use the cloth to wipe down the surfaces that need to be cleaned.
12. Therapy Clean Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Kit
With the Therapy Clean Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Kit, your appliances will look shiny and streak-free. This item is designed to be used for all types of stainless steel appliances. Your purchase includes a spray bottle of the liquid cleaner as well as a microfiber cloth that will help you polish your surfaces.
This product is made using minimal ingredients and is considered eco-friendly. Some of the main ingredients include coconut oil, sorbitan monooleate (an emulsifier) and a lavender vanilla essential oil blend. The essential oils added to this product will help give your appliances a fresh, fragrant scent.
Many users of this item highly recommend it because of its cleaning power and fresh smell it leaves behind. To clean your surfaces using this product simply shake the bottle and spray it directly onto your appliances. Then, use the included microfiber towel to wipe the surface following the grain, and finish by buffing using a towel.
13. E-Cloth Microfiber Home Cleaning Set for Chemical-Free Cleaning
As an alternative to a bottled cleaning product, consider the E-Cloth Microfiber Home Cleaning Set. This is a set of eight microfiber cloths that will allow you to clean just about any surface in your home without the use of chemicals. Included in this set, you’ll find a kitchen cloth with a scrubbing pocket, a stainless steel cloth, a range and stovetop cloth, a window cloth, a bathroom cloth, a dusting cloth, and two glass and polishing cloths.
This product is made using microfiber textiles. The tight weave of the microfiber strands allows them to remove over 99% of contaminants including mold and bacteria. When you wipe a surface using the cloth, the contaminants get picked up and trapped in the fibers, so you don’t need to worry about germs spreading in your kitchen.
Customers have given this set very high reviews because of how simple, yet effective, the cloths are to use. To clean, you’ll just need to get the correct cloth wet and use it to wipe the surface that needs to be cleaned.
Wrapping it up
There are two aspects to our above analysis and that is looking for cleaners that effectively and safely clean stainless steel AND do so in an eco-friendly manner. More and more, we prefer choosing eco-friendly products of all kinds and types including eco-friendly clothing, cleaners, office supplies, storage containers, footwear and more.