I’ve been on the hunt for a good non-toxic stainless steel cleaner. In years past I used Weiman Stainless Steel wipes, which are considered to be the best stainless steel wipes on the market. They work fairly well and are convenient, but they are made with a bunch of chemicals I’m not comfortable using in my home. Case in point, Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks these wipes a “D” in their cleaner database.
So as I got settled into a new, lovely, stainless steel-laden apartment, I was seeking a non-toxic solution that didn’t require buying a new product, or mixing some DIY potion. After a quick internet research, I discovered that olive oil can be used to clean all stainless steel appliances. How have I not heard of this before?
So I went home, pulled out my organic olive oil from Costco and wiped away. It worked.
Things to consider when rubbing olive oil on your refrigerator:
- Put the olive oil on a folded paper towel, re-apply as needed
- Use a clean paper towel or towel, since grit can easily scratch the stainless steel surface
- Move with the grain of the metal
- Wipe or buff excess oil from the steel
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