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How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally (without Toxic Chemicals)!

Part 2 of my Clean Your Home Naturally (without Toxic Chemicals) series: How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances Naturally.

Our microwave of 20 years finally bit the bullet late last year and we had to find a replacement. I bought my house from my mom who historically has always sworn against stainless steel appliances because they get so dirty and show fingerprints more than any other color. But I hate my (20 year old) almond color appliances and thought now is the time to start replacing them with appliances I like. So, naturally, I wanted stainless steel – pretty sure I’m a glutton for punishment sometimes. And of course, mom was right (shh! Don’t tell her I said that!) and my microwave shows fingerprints and collects grease from the stovetop below way worse than my old almond colored one… Ah well. 😦

So, since I was all about spring cleaning this week I set out to the interwebz to find out how I could clean my stainless steel appliances naturally (a good test before I run out and drop a ton of money replacing our old appliances with stainless steel since we have a child now who will soon be running around getting little grubby fingerprints on everything!). Imagine my surprise when I found out that one of the best ways to clean your stainless is… Olive Oil!?! I thought “Surely, they must be kidding… but hey, might as well give it a try!” So, I grabbed a microfiber towel from our stash (we get ours at Costco and use them for everything!) and pulled the Olive Oil down from the cabinet and set to cleaning my microwave. I just took the olive oil container and turned it up with the microfiber under the top so I had a little circle of oil on my towel. I only had to do this twice to clean the whole microwave so it uses very little oil. Sure enough, the oil broke up all the sticky from the grease splatters with minimal effort and left the microwave with the most amazing shine!!! Don’t believe me? Here is my before and after:

microwave outside - before and after

Try it for yourself and post your results in the comments below!!!

Did you miss Part 1 of my Clean Your Home Naturally Series? Find them below:

Intro: Clean Your Home Naturally (without Toxic Chemicals) this Summer!

Part 1: How To Clean Your Microwave Naturally