Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner | Make Your Own | 3 Simple Ingredients

stainless steel cleaner diy

When it comes to stainless steel cleaners, there’s some pretty toxic stuff out there. No worries, here is a non-toxic stainless steel cleaner recipe that works like a charm. There are only 3 simple ingredients and it’s super easy to make.

stainless steel cleaner toxic

What is so bad about commercial stainless steel cleaner and polish?

The cleaner that was recommended when I bought my stainless steel dishwasher was a product that worked great, however, there was a seriously toxic smell to it.

My son came over one day just after I had cleaned with it, and he asked what the smell was. He thought it smelled WD-40 or an auto shop. I looked up the ingredients and checked the EWG report.

stainless steel cleaner wd40Holy cow! No wonder it smelt so bad. One of the ingredients is KEROSENE and it had an “F” rating which is the most toxic. Seriously?????

Needless to say, I threw that stainless steel cleaner in the garbage and researched how to make my own. This recipe is the best one I’ve tried and it only takes about a minute to whip up.

stainless steel cleaner

Where to use stainless steel cleaner

Use it to remove fingerprints, smudges, streaks, and grime on stainless steel appliances like:

  • refrigerators
  • dishwashers
  • stoves
  • microwave
  • coffee maker,
  • toaster oven, and more

How to use stainless steel cleaner to polish & clean appliances

  • Shake the bottle well before using
  • Lightly mist your appliance. (It doesn’t take much)
  • Wipe with a soft cloth on the grain of the stainless steel.

Get ready for a shiny, sparkly, smudge-free, streak-free finish.

stainless steel cleaner

Stainless Steel Cleaner Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil (this does not need to be your best cooking oil)
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops of essential oil (wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime bergamot, etc.)

stainless steel cleaner**** I find citrus essential oils work well to cut through grease, dirt, and the grime that builds up on appliances.

Feel free to use any combination of oils to get your 20 drops. ( I personally like a combo of wild orange & lemon.

stainless steel cleaner bottle

Stainless Steel Cleaner Instructions

Store the stainless steel cleaner blend in a glass, stainless steel, or plastic (PET #1 or HDPE #2) spray bottle.

I really like these bottles for all my DIY cleaners. They are simple and attractive and the spray nozzle works well.

1 – Using a funnel, pour the vinegar and olive oil into the spray bottle.

2 – Add the essential oils

3 – Mix well

stainless steel cleaner painters tape**** Make sure to label your jar so you know what is in it. If you’re like me, you may not remember in a week what’s in the bottle. 🙂

You can use something as simple as painter’s tape, or masking tape, or you can make your own label.

stainless steel cleaner labels

I have a FREE printable PDF label if you want to download and print it. My treat.

GET THE STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER LABEL HERE.

The file is available as a PDF, SVG (for those who have a Silhouette or Cricut), and JPG file.

There you have it, another DIY NON-TOXIC CLEANER to add to your CLEAN & SAFE cleaning tools.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner | Make Your Own | 3 Simple Ingredients

stainless steel cleaner diy
When it comes to stainless steel cleaners, there’s some pretty toxic stuff out there. No worries, here is a non-toxic stainless steel cleaner recipe that works like a charm.
  • Prep Time1 min
  • Total Time1 min
  • Yield 16 oz.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup olive oil (this does not need to be your best cooking oil)

Spicy Mayo

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil (wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime bergamot, etc.)

INSTUCTIONS

1

Using a funnel, pour the vinegar and olive oil into the spray bottle.

 
2

Add the essential oils

3

Mix well

4

Shake the bottle well before using

5

Lightly mist your appliance. (It doesn’t take much)

6

Wipe with a soft cloth on the grain of the stainless steel.

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Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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