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Olive Oil As Stainless Steel Cleaner
I had heard about cleaning with olive oil, but somehow it did not seem a good idea. After all, if the store-bought stuff made such a mess, what could smearing with oil do?
I was also afraid that the surface would start to attract dust after that.
I was wrong.
Since I started to use olive oil my stainless steel surfaces are always shiny. It’s just so easy:
put some olive oil on a soft cloth and rub applying some pressure.
Don’t use too much oil.
It is often said that you should use a terry cloth but I’ve been using a piece of an old t-shirt (extra points for reusing).
Maybe it depends on the particular kind of stainless steel, so try which cloth material works best for yours. Make sure it’s lint-free, though.
Usually the olive oil gets rid of the food splashes too, but if some stains are too stubborn you can clean them with a bit of dish soap, vinegar, or a paste baking soda and water. Rinse, let the surface dry and start the oil buffing. Don’t worry if cleaning with soap leaves streaks, olive oil will take care of them.
If your stainless steel has grain, rub in the direction of the grain.
Buy a cheaper kind of olive oil for cleaning.
I use this method for all our stainless steel fixtures and appliances in the kitchen except the sink.
I’ve heard that baby oil works just the same, but I wouldn’t know because I don’t have baby oil at home. Want to know why I don’t use baby oil, although I have a baby? Stay tuned, I’ll write about that soon.