Quick Tip Tuesday: easy clean stainless steel

how to clean stainless steel

I received the following message from a dear reader:

As I am cleaning my stainless steel frig…I’m thinking this would be good for Julee’s blog. I have tried a dozen products, Pinterest tips and still I cannot get a nice looking smudgeless shine. Help…what’s your secret?  It drives me nuts! -Deb H.

Good question! When we bought new appliances last year and went from black to stainless steel, I knew this issue would drive me crazy as well. Some appliances now come in a smudge-proof stainless steel option. Unfortunately, the specific refrigerator I wanted did not. So, before our appliances were even installed, I ran out and bought stainless steel cleaners and wipes, ready for my constant battle of keeping them clean. After using a cleaner made specifically for stainless steel a couple of times, I hated it. It totally streaked the finish and made it look worse. Of course, I had to figure out a solution.

The product that has worked the best for me? The kitchen cloth by Norwex. Yes, the same cloth with which I wipe my granite counters, I also wipe my dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. All their cloths have antibac in them, which guarantees you’re not just transferring germs from one spot to the next. The cloth is made of an extra-absorbent microfiber, and there are no cleaners or soap involved. Just wet with warm water, wring out the excess and wipe. Voilà! It dries like magic and no streaks.


Norwex is a known for their environmentally friendly products (no harsh chemicals or cleaners) that are sold through consultants. (If you don’t know someone who sells it, check out my friend Melanie’s site.) Their most well-known product is their window cloth, which also works great on stainless steel. But that’s a two-step process, so when I tried my kitchen cloth and it worked, I was sold. I do not sell Norwex nor will I receive any commission from this post, so it’s strictly my best answer to getting a spotless, smudge-free shine!

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2 Comments on Quick Tip Tuesday: easy clean stainless steel

  1. Misty Clapp
    April 15, 2015 at 8:33 am (3 years ago)

    I was hoping you’d be recommending the Norwex cloths! They truly are amazing and I love that my kids can help clean the house without the worry of chemicals.

    • Julee
      April 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, Misty! I have lots of their products! Agree about the kid part, as well.


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