Here's an epic guide on cleaning stainless steel appliances. We set out step-by-step instructions for 10 different types of stainless steel appliances commonly found in most kitchens.
Walk into any home and you’re sure to find at least a few stainless steel appliances. It’s easy to understand why that is the case.
Stainless steel is a beautiful material that possesses a very unique look. It can add a touch of elegance and modernity to any home setting.
When properly maintained, stainless steel appliances bring real aesthetic value into the home interior. Of course, the challenge is keeping those stainless steel appliances looking great. You don’t want to mess up and inadvertently ruin the look of your stainless steel appliance.
In this article, you’ll be able to learn how to clean specific stainless steel appliances that are commonly found inside many homes. You’ll also learn about which items will be needed for proper cleaning.
Let’s get started by focusing on small kitchen appliances.
Table of Contents
- 1. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot
- 2. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Toaster
- 3. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Blender
- 4. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Cooktop
- 5. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Oven
- 6. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Griddle
- 7. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Range Hood
- 8. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator
- 9. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Dishwasher
- 10. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Trash Compactor
1. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot
Preferred breakfast foods may differ from one country to the next, but coffee is a staple of the morning just about anywhere in the world. Because of that, the small kitchen appliance known as the coffee pot is also often among the most overworked items.
It won’t be long before your coffee pot requires some cleaning.
For cleaning the stainless coffee pot, you’ll need:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Dish brush
The method for cleaning a stainless steel coffee pot featured here comes from the folks at Grab Green Home.
You can start by pouring a cup of baking soda into the coffee pot and then following it with a generous splash of warm water.
With the cleaning solution now in the coffee pot, grab the dish brush and begin dipping it into the mixture. After dipping the dish brush into the mixture, move it around and scrub the interior of the coffee pot.
Continue this until you’ve scrubbed down the whole interior of the coffee pot and then pour out the cleaning solution.
Check out the inside of the coffee pot and see if there are any stains that have been left behind. If there are still some stains visible, pour in about a half cup of the hydrogen peroxide along with two tablespoons of baking soda.
Put the lid on the coffee pot and then swirl the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture around its interior for about one minute. Allow the mixture to sit in the coffee pot for 30 more minutes.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, pour out the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture. Pour some hot water into the coffee pot and use that to rinse its interior.
2. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Toaster
What goes well with a nice cup of coffee? Toast is a pretty good option. People love fresh toast in the morning so much that the toaster has become a fixture in many kitchens.
The issue with toasters is that they can get dirty pretty easily. Bits and pieces of toasted bread can be left behind and if you prefer to butter your bread, odds are that the stainless steel exterior of that appliance will also feel slick.
You simply cannot allow your toaster to remain in that condition.
For cleaning the stainless steel toaster, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Small brush
- Dish towel
- Paper bag
This time around, we’re taking a cue from The Kitchn for our stainless steel toaster cleaning needs.
Assuming you’ve already given the toaster enough time to cool down after you used it to prepare breakfast in the morning, you can start with prepping your workstation.
You can simply choose to work above the kitchen sink or a trash receptacle, but it could be more convenient for you to just lay down a paper bag on the kitchen countertop. Tear the paper bag open so that you can spread it over a wider surface. The paper bag will help you keep all the crumbs in one place.
Pull out the toaster’s crumb tray and smack it a few times to spring all of the leftover pieces of bread loose. Make use of the small brush to dislodge every little piece of bread hanging on to the tray.
You should also flip your toaster over and try to get rid of any more crumbs that may be clinging to the interior.
With the crumb tray completely bread-free, go ahead and wash that it in some soapy water. The water should also be warm.
While waiting for the crumb tray to dry, grab the dish towel and soak it in a bit of vinegar. Use that vinegar-soaked towel to clean the stainless steel surface and leave it nice and shiny.
You can put the toaster back together once the crumb tray has dried completely.
3. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Blender
Blenders can get very messy very quickly. Because these kitchen appliances are often used to process various items including fruits and vegetables, they also end up being occupied by different kinds of residue.
Cleaning the blender is a fairly straightforward process, but you do have to be extra careful whenever you do it because of those sharp blades. Thankfully, there is a way to properly clean the blender without exposing yourself too much to those dangerous blades it features.
For cleaning the stainless steel blender, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Glass cleaner
- Baking soda
- Dish towels
The Spruce has a detailed method we can use for effectively cleaning the stainless steel blender.
With the blender still on your kitchen countertop, take some baking soda and mix it with water. If you’re using a half cup of baking soda, combine it with a half cup of water.
Pour that mixture into the blender and then turn the appliance on. Allow the mixture to run through the blender for a while before pouring it out.
The next step of cleaning the blender is arguably the most difficult one because it involves disassembling the appliance itself. Refer to the manual included with your blender as that may offer instructions for how to handle the disassembly process correctly.
Disassembly methods can vary from one blender to the next, but generally speaking, you will likely have to unscrew the base that includes the blades, detach the jar from the motor base, and also remove the blades and the gasket seal.
Start with the smaller components of the blender and wash them using some warm soapy water. It’s best to use your hands here, but be careful not to let the pieces slip from your grasp.
Allow the pieces to dry on your countertop. Place them on a dish towel to prevent the water from going all over the place.
Clean the blender jar using some warm soapy water and a dish towel. You can’t just rely on your hands here because you need to reach down into the bottom of the jar.
You can now clean the motor base of the blender. For this, all you need is a damp dish towel. Make sure that the towel is not too wet or you may ruin the electric components in the motor base.
For the stainless steel components of the blender, How Stuff Works recommends using some glass cleaner. Put some glass cleaner on a towel and use that to wipe the stainless steel exterior clean.
Now that all the components of the blender have been cleaned, you can put the appliance back together.
Let’s now move on to some of the larger stainless steel kitchen appliances.
4. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Cooktop
Many folks don’t clean their stainless steel cooktops often enough given how much they are used. Simply wiping down the cooktop with a dish towel is not enough if you’re aiming to properly clean it.
Think about all the ways in which the cooktop can turn into a mess. Oil splatter from frying can sometimes splash down on the cooktop. Sauces and liquid ingredients can also drip down on to it.
Needless to say, cooktops need a more thorough cleaning.
For cleaning the stainless steel cooktop, you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- Dish towels
- Measuring cup
We’re following the cooktop cleaning tips featured in this video posted by Absolute Domestics.
Begin by taking the measuring cup and filling it with a bit of water. You don’t need to fill it with a lot of water because the goal here is to create a paste. A quarter cup of water should do.
Combine that water with baking soda. In the video linked to above, the demonstrator can be seen using bicarbonate of soda. That is just another name for baking soda.
The ratio of baking soda to water should be three to one. Mix the water and baking soda to create the paste.
Take the microfiber cloth and dip it into the baking soda and water mixture. Get a good amount of the mixture on to the microfiber cloth to ensure that there’s enough to clean the stainless steel surface.
Use the microfiber cloth with the baking soda and water mixture on it to clean the cooktop. Wipe in the direction of the grain. Remember to get into those nooks and crannies of the cooktop.
Reach for a dish towel and use that to wipe the remnants of the baking soda and water mixture away from the cooktop. Be thorough and make sure to get every bit of the mixture. Allow the cooktop to dry.
Wet another dish towel with just a bit of olive oil. Use that dish towel to wipe the surface of the cooktop. Once you’re done wiping the cooktop surface with the olive oil, the luster of the stainless steel should return.
5. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Oven
The oven is one of the more intimidating kitchen appliances to clean because it’s usually a labor-intensive process. That’s due in large part to ovens being prone to accumulating a lot of stains.
If your drip pan was not positioned properly while you were roasting something, the oils will fall to the oven floor causing a mess. Cheese sprinkled on top of pizzas and pasta dishes can also overflow and go over the edges of the pizza stone or baking dish.
Still, you simply cannot avoid cleaning your oven given how often you have to use it. You will have to expend a lot of energy to clean the oven, but it will be worth it.
For cleaning the stainless steel oven, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- Scrub brush
This video from CookingGuide provides some insight into how ovens can be cleaned.
To get things started, take your dish soap and drizzle a good amount of it into your kitchen sink. Follow that up by turning on the faucet and letting the warm water flow into the kitchen sink.
Let the warm water and dish soap combine and form a bubbly mixture.
Pick up your scrub brush and dip into the kitchen sink filled with the warm soapy water. Let the soapy solution soak into the scrub brush.
Use that scrub brush to clean the inside of the oven. You will need to be forceful with your cleaning strokes if you want to get rid of all of those hardened drippings. This part of the cleaning process could take a while.
If you’re not getting the results you want, you can create the baking soda and water paste again and use that to clean the inside of the oven. Remember that the ratio is three parts of baking soda to one part of water.
Run one of the washcloths under some warm running water and drizzle a bit of soap on to it too. Use this soap-soaked washcloth to clean the oven door.
Finally, grab a dry washcloth and use that to wipe the oven door clean.
6. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Griddle
If you’re serious about cooking up the best sunny side up eggs, pancakes, and numerous other types of delicious breakfast food, then you probably need a griddle inside your kitchen. Griddles are great because they offer you so much surface area to work with.
However, the downside to using a griddle all the time is that it is a real magnet for all kinds of messy bits. The burnt edges of bacon and pancakes fall off and stay on the griddle. The oils left behind can also be difficult to clean.
Because the griddle differs quite a bit from other cooking surfaces, you will have to shop around for the tools that can clean it properly.
For cleaning the stainless steel griddle, you’ll need:
- Griddle scraper
- Griddle screen
- Griddle pad holder
- Scouring pad
PartsTown offers a detailed breakdown of how to clean a griddle that we’ll be referencing here.
When it comes to griddles, the best time to start cleaning them is not long after you finish using them. The food debris left behind will be easier to remove if the surface is still hot.
With that in mind, use the griddle scraper to remove any leftover bits of food. Sweep them into a trash can. Watch out as you may sweep some hot oil together with the pieces of food.
To remove the grease that has accumulated on the surface of the griddle, pour some warm water on to it. Don’t use cold water as that can damage the griddle’s surface.
Get your griddle screen and then place the scouring pad on top of it. Don’t start cleaning just yet though. Instead, place the griddle pad holder on top of the scouring pad and press down.
You now have the cleaner you need for the griddle.
Use the griddle screen, scouring pad, and griddle pad holder to scrub the surface of the griddle. Clean every inch of the griddle carefully.
Once you’re done scrubbing, you can use a washcloth to wipe the surface of the griddle clean.
7. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Range Hood
Now that you’re done cleaning the cooktop, oven, and griddle, the worst is over, right? Well, that may not exactly be the case. If you look up, you will probably find something that needs an even deeper cleaning.
The range hood, that often pyramid-shaped piece of equipment that hangs over the cooking range, is designed to capture grease and moisture. As you would expect from a piece of equipment designed to those things, it tends to become very grimy and greasy.
You can’t afford to ignore it though. The range hood can be tough to clean, but it’s something you need to do.
For cleaning the stainless steel range hood, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Spray-on degreaser
- Baking soda
- Soft-bristled brush
The Spruce has outlined a good method for cleaning up the range hood.
The process of cleaning the range hood can be broken down into two parts. First off, we’re going to focus on cleaning the filters of the range hood because these are the ones that usually require the most work.
Start by filling your sink up with boiling water. Add about two tablespoons of dish soap to the boiling water. The dish soap you’re using here must also be capable of removing grease.
Sprinkle in about a half cup of baking soda to the water and soap and mix all of them together.
Remove the filters of the range hood. This shouldn’t prove to be much of an issue as most filters of range hoods can be easily detached.
Place the filters you just removed into the water, soap, and baking soda mixture. Let the filters soak for about 15 minutes. Don’t let it soak for any longer or else the grease and other bits of debris may just stick back to the filter.
Get the soft-bristled brush and use it to pick out any loose bits of debris that are still present on the filters. Hopefully, you won’t have to remove that many loose bodies.
Finish cleaning the filters by rinsing them with hot water and letting them dry.
Grab a chair or a step ladder and use that so that you can reach the range hood easily. Spray the degreaser on to the exterior of the range hood and then let it do its thing for 15 minutes.
Wipe away the degreaser with the aid of a washcloth. Remember to wipe in the direction of the stainless steel’s grain.
Finish up by wiping down the exterior of the range hood using a washcloth and some warm water.
8. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Keeping your refrigerator clean should be your priority. This appliance is responsible for holding most of the food everyone in your household consumes. If it’s not cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis, you’re putting the health of you and your family at risk.
Plus, the refrigerator is such an important part of your kitchen that leaving it looking dirty is simply unacceptable.
Similar to the process of cleaning a range hood, the process of tidying up the refrigerator can be broken down into two parts. For the refrigerator, you can start cleaning from the inside until you make your way out.
For cleaning the stainless steel refrigerator, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Olive oil
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloths
Empty out the fridge. You don’t want anything getting in the way while you’re cleaning. Also, if you leave bottles behind, they may fall and break as you’re going through the refrigerator.
After taking out all the items in the fridge, remove all the parts you can. Detach all those drawers and shelves and then place them into the sink along with warm water and some dish soap.
Reach for your microfiber cloth and then let it soak for a bit in a mixture made out of dish soap and warm water. Use the microfiber cloth to clean up the inside of your refrigerator.
Don’t forget to reach up into those corners at the back of the fridge.
If some stubborn stains can’t be removed using the soap and water mixture, go ahead and create a paste using water and baking soda. Leave the paste on the stain you want to remove and allow it to seep in for an hour.
Wipe the paste away using the microfiber cloth.
While you’re waiting for the paste to take effect, you can get started on cleaning the outside of the stainless steel refrigerator.
Grab the microfiber cloth and soak it again in some dish soap and water. Wipe the surface of the refrigerator with the microfiber cloth in hand. Go with the grain of the steel for more effective cleaning.
At this point, you can just wait for the refrigerator to dry and put all the parts back together, but you can do something extra if you want to improve the appearance of this appliance.
To be more specific, you can wet the microfiber cloth with a bit of olive oil and then use that to apply a shiny new coat to the stainless steel.
Your refrigerator will look brand new after completing all those steps.
9. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Dishwasher
The dishwasher is designed to keep your eating utensils and dishes clean, but how often do you remember to clean that appliance? It’s easy to assume that dishwashers don’t really require regular maintenance because they are often filled with soap and water, but that’s not the case.
By failing to clean the dishwasher regularly, you are increasing the chances of it breaking it down. At the very least, its performance will be hampered by all the random bits of waste that are still inside of it.
Just because your dishes are being returned clean, that doesn’t mean the appliance itself is working as it should. The processes of cleaning the dishwasher and refrigerator are very similar, meaning you’ll have to work inside out again.
For cleaning the stainless steel dishwasher, you’ll need:
- White vinegar
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloths
- Rubber gloves
- Dishwasher-safe container
The first thing you have to do is to remove the bottom rack of the dishwasher rack. This is important not just because it grants you access to the drain, but also because it provides you with an opportunity to clean up.
All kinds of food scraps can gather at the bottom of the dishwasher. You need to remove them. There’s no getting around the fact that this part of the cleaning process will be unpleasant, but at least you have the rubber gloves to protect you.
After removing the bottom rack and doing the extra cleanup, you can now pour some white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container and leave that on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Shut the dishwasher’s door and then have it go through a hot water cycle. Doing this will allow the white vinegar to spread throughout the dishwasher, dislodging grease and stains along the way.
Following the hot water cycle with the white vinegar, you can run another one using baking soda. Feel free to run a shorter hot water cycle using the baking soda.
You can count on the baking soda combining with the water to remove all those harder stains.
Now that you’re done cleaning the inside of dishwasher, you can turn your attention to the exterior. Start by creating the cleaning solution that will be used on the stainless steel.
In a small container, mix together a quarter cup of white vinegar, a half cup of baking soda, and a tablespoon each of olive oil and lemon juice.
Take the microfiber cloth and dip it into the cleaning solution you created. Transfer the solution on to the exterior of the dishwasher with the help of the microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to move with the grain of the stainless steel.
Grab a different microfiber cloth and dip that into some water. You just need enough water to get the microfiber cloth damp. Wipe the door of the dishwasher clean using that damp microfiber cloth.
Pick up another microfiber cloth and soak that in some olive oil. You can make the door of the dishwasher shinier by using that olive oil.
10. How to Clean a Stainless Steel Trash Compactor
The last item that will be featured on this list is the trash compactor. As you would expect, this appliance requires some heavy duty cleaning because its job is to handle the garbage produced in your home.
By having a trash compactor installed in your kitchen, you can cut down your spending on trash containers. You can also reduce the number of times that you have to take out the trash.
It’s a good idea to clear out your kitchen before you start cleaning the trash compactor. You don’t want the odors sticking to any food items left in your kitchen.
For cleaning the stainless steel, you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Anti-bacterial disinfectant spray
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloths
- Replacement bag
- Replacement air filter
- Rubber gloves
- Face mask
The folks at Do It Yourself have provided a handy guide for cleaning the trash compactor and we’ll be referring to it.
Get things started by pulling out the drawer of the trash compactor. If there is still a bag present in the compactor, go ahead and remove that too.
Check the bottom of the compactor to see if any small pieces of garbage have fallen out of the bag. Since you’re wearing rubber gloves, you should be able to pick those up.
With the interior of the trash compactor opened up, you can clean it more effectively. You can use some warm water mixed with dish soap here, but that mixture may not be strong enough. If you can find some anti-bacterial disinfectant, that will be better to use on the trash compactor.
Spray the disinfectant on the walls of the trash compactor and let it sit for a few minutes. Clean up the disinfectant with the microfiber cloth.
Check to see if your trash compactor comes with an air filter. If it does, you should replace that.
For trash compactors with no air filter, you can sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the appliance. Line the trash compactor with a new bag after that.
Now that the inside of the trash compactor has been cleaned, you can clean the exterior next. Get your microfiber cloth and soak it in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. As always, wipe along the grain of the stainless steel.
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