How to Clean Stainless Steel with Olive Oil

You'll need a clean microfiber cloth, a fresh bottle of olive oil and some elbow grease!

Given the makeup of our modern appliances, you likely have stainless steel in your kitchen at this very moment. Whether it’s a toaster, refrigerator or even a sink, those shiny surfaces are all the same. And stainless steel looks best when it’s clean and free of smudges and fingerprints.

We get it — keeping the kitchen clean and tidy can be a hassle. But there’s an easy way to fight fingerprints and leave your stainless steel appliances nice and shiny: Use olive oil!

How to Clean Stainless Steel with Oil

You’ll need a microfiber cloth and a bottle of olive oil. You don’t even need the expensive stuff for this job.

Add a few drops of the oil to your cloth and buff your stainless steel in the direction of the grain — horizontal or vertical. Keep buffing until all those smudges are gone and scratches are filled. Then simply finish with a dry microfiber cloth. You’ll leave behind a thin layer of olive oil that resists fingerprints!

Toss the microfiber cloth in the wash with other lint-free fabrics and let line dry.

How Often Should I Do This?

Clean your stainless steel every time you open a new bottle of olive oil. If you’re anything like me and are constantly cooking, you’ll go through a bottle frequently. I refill my olive oil dispenser at least once a month, if not more!

Make it second nature to buff your stainless steel every time you pop the lid on a new bottle, and soon you’ll notice how bright and shiny your stainless steel can really be.

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Melany Love
Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.