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Try this seriously easy way to clean all your stainless steel surfaces

That shine is looking fine

A person wipes a stainless steel oven with a microfiber towel. Credit: Getty Images / kirstyokeeffe

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When you’re making your spring cleaning chore list, there’s a task that may slip your mind, but definitely shouldn’t. You may remember to wipe down surfaces and clean the floors, but you’ll also want to clean your stainless steel appliances and surfaces. From your fridge to your coffee maker and island countertop, cleaning stainless steel is a quick and easy process.

It’s important to clean your stainless steel surfaces regularly to avoid stains. Here’s to being empowered to remove grime and get your stainless steel’s shine back in less than 30 minutes.

Materials you’ll need

Yellow rubber gloves, salt, baking soda, sponges, and lemons on a kitchen counter.
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Create a paste made of lemon juice, baking soda, and salt.

How to clean stainless steel

Step 1: Wipe it down to get rid of surface dirt

A person wipes a stainless steel stove clean.
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Be sure to wipe down the surface before you start cleaning.

Wipe the stainless steel with a damp paper towel or cloth to remove any loose crumbs or dirt.

Step 2: Mix up your cleaning solution

Mix baking soda, lemon juice, and a spoonful of salt in a bowl until the consistency is that of a paste, recommends David Mason of The Knobs Company, an interior design website with a focus on helping homeowners and designers create unique spaces that reflect their unique personalities.

Step 3: Apply the paste and let it sit

Apply the paste to the stainless steel surface with a damp rag.

Michael Rusciolelli, owner of Janitorial Management Incorporated based in the Mid-Atlantic, recommends that as you rub the paste on the stainless steel, be sure to go in the direction of the grain and never in circles.

Then let the paste sit for 15 to 20 minutes before removing it with a damp cloth or old t-shirt. Use hot water to dampen the cloth, and again, rub along with the grain of the stainless steel.

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