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Make Stainless Steel Shine

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Why are all those lovely shiney stainless things I own soooo good at attracting smears, mucky marks and greasy stains?

Well for a start there’s …

… hard water …

… kids with forever grubby hands …

… toothpaste with the top left off …

… PLUS everything under the sun that gets dragged through our kitchen & bathroom on a daily basis …

Grrrr … deep sigh … 🙁

But as I refuse to spend hours every day cleaning, all that stainless steel had to stay seriously unshiney UNTIL I discovered I could get it all shiney again in seconds naturally!

And I mean seconds!

A Micro Fibre Cloth

The first line of attack is just to rub it with a slightly damp micro fibre cloth. The key is to rub it directionally, top to bottom, left to right rather than just round and round.

This works well if you are shine your stainless steel regularly … errm NO!

A Stainless Steel Cloth

If like most of us you don’t, the stainless steel cloth from e-Cloth is unbelievably brilliant.

It has two sides – a “bobbly” one and a smoother one.

You use the bobbly side to get gunk and most marks off and the smoother side as a final clean on polished stainless steel. As with all micro fibre cleaning don’t get your cloth too wet & wipe directionally.

And then like magic you have shiney stainless steel in no time at all!

Without having to fork out on cleaning sprays that clog up the cupboard.

You can buy the cloth on it’s own from Amazon but it also comes in the e-Cloth home cleaning kit with a bunch of other fab micro-fibre goodies.


If your stainless steel has serious limescale get out the vinegar.

Just damp your dry stainless steel cloth with white vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves the hard water and limescale scum like magic!

And in case you’re sceptical about its power … check out this science experiment my 4 year old did to dissolve sea shells in vinegar. Yep, seriously it dissolves shells 🙂

And shells and limescale are both calcium carbonate … so if it works on shells …

Citric Acid

But if your stainless steel is really in a bad way … and you can’t quite remember when it was last shiney … either damp a cloth with or spray on a solution of citric acid.

Citric acid is a natural, biodegradable acid so it won’t hurt the planet.

I buy it in bulk from Amazon as it’s also great for grotty loos & sinks!

I do hope these tips help and you have lovely shiney stainless for ever more … 😉 … if you want more super quick cleaning tips do check out other posts

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Friday 7th of February 2014

I love this. I have spoons with coffee stains. Would link this up at my weekly Friday Favorites to share? laura

Alice Emma Thompson

Monday 3rd of February 2014

That's fabulous Joy - so pleased. See you at tomorrow's party x


Sunday 2nd of February 2014

Hi, Alice! I'm so happy that this post was the most viewed link at Treasure Box Tuesday! It will be the lead feature at this week's party (Tuesday, 2/4/2014). Thank you for joining us! ♥

Holly Lefevre (504 Main)

Friday 31st of January 2014

I pinned this because I desperately need help with my stainless steel. I found one product that actually works, but am excited to try some of these other ideas.

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 31st of January 2014

I've found Holly that even on really smeary stuff in the kitchen the stainless steel cloth is brilliant and as long as I keep on top of the limescale in the bathroom I don't need anything else.


Friday 31st of January 2014

Great tips! I have a dirty fridge I'll have to try out that cloth. Just yesterday I just baby oil and a microfiber cloth on a stainless steel sink that was clean just needed some shine and it worked soooo good and super fast! That is also another tip that others can try.

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 31st of January 2014

Great tip Anita x