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Eco-Clean Stainless Appliances

Eco-Clean Stainless Appliances

Who is sorry to say goodbye to those avocado colored refrigerators in favor of shiny stainless steel ones that
instantly give your kitchen a gourmet makeover? A rare retro fanatic might be. But the old ones were sure easy to clean! Not so with stainless steel. Learn how to be contemporary and clean, too.

Like marble counter tops and no-wax floors, cleaning stainless steel appliances isn’t as simple as you’d think. An all-purpose cleaner doesn’t do the trick for any surface like it did in the “old” days. So, while I’m envious of my friends who have stainless steel appliances in their kitchens because there is such a gourmet look to the space, I also notice that those same friends compare notes about what appears to be the bane of stainless steel owners, streaks and fingerprints.

New stainless steel is protected for a number of years by a chromium film that protects the metal from rusting, staining, and even tarnishing. But if you don’t keep up with the stains as you go along, the film can be compromised and actual repair after that is difficult.

Here is a stainless steel cleaner that is as good for everyday cleanup and the more heavy duty cleaning that is sometimes needed:

Ingredients
˝ cup baking soda
?A few squirts of a green liquid soap or detergent.

Place the baking soda in a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop some of the mixture onto a sponge and scrub the stainless steel. Rinse well.

After cleaning with the above soft scrub, some people like to bring the stainless steel to a high polish by rubbing the surface with straight household vinegar. I’ve found that just rinsing the soft scrub well does the trick.
Stay away from all chlorine-based products on stainless steel.

A nice aspect of clean stainless steel is that the reflective surfaces pick up the look of the rest of the décor as in a mirror, always fitting in, neutral in a way.

Watch for a new trend of non-shiny metal appliances such as those made with brushed chrome, nickel and pewter, but beware of pewter because I’ve never figured out how to remove stains from it, and I’ve tried.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:15AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Stainless appliances can give any kitchen a contemporary and fresh look. Stainless appliances and countertops have been extremely popular in kitchens. Find more details for stainless appliances at Appliances Connection online store for your kitchen.

8:12AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

helpful hint

7:07AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

I use warm soapy water & wipe hard with a soft microfiber cloth..

9:55AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:00AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks for the great article.

12:51PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Thank you - I will try this out. In particular for the spots around my dogs nose-height.

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8:18AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Thanks

12:32AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

3:19AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thank you

3:14AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

i use this formula, and it works.

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