This Kitchen Staple Can Be Used As a Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner

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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6 Responses to This Kitchen Staple Can Be Used As a Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner

  1. Anna@GreenTalk January 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    This is great to know. Most people scratch their stainless steel by using sponges or rags which may have grit on them. I am glad you told people to use a paper towel or a clean cloth.

    • Lindsay Dahl January 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm #


  2. Diane January 25, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    I have been wanting a stainless steel fridge. I will keep this tip in mind for cleaning it if I ever manage to get one!

    • Lindsay Dahl January 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      I think they look beautiful, but get smudgy very fast!

  3. Barbara January 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    I had no idea! What a great way to clean stainless. I’ve been using a foamy stainless steel spray cleaner, but I’ve always needed to be super careful because we have a cat and I don’t want any of the spray to drip on the floor. Olive oil on a clean paper towel is ideal. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

    • Lindsay Dahl January 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      You’re welcome, it’s so simple!

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