I can always tell who has been in the refrigerator. Its stainless steel doors keep clear record of which grimy hand closed it recently. This is the “half-full” benefit of having all stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. The “half empty” side points out how stainless steel mercilessly exhibits every fingerprint, water spot, grease splatter, or wayward breath that has dared come near it.
When I first moved into this house, I knew it was not built for the likes of me. I can’t blame all the mess on my short ones. I like to cook. I like to cook often. I am a messy cook. The upside is that I have LOTS of opportunities to try out my cleaning solutions.
And so I bought countless products that were supposedly the miracle stainless steel surface cleaners. None of them worked. It took someone outside the family to point me back to the basics: a hot cloth and my Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray. Boy, did I feel sheepish for not figuring it out sooner!
My Sal Suds All Purpose Spray:
1 (1 L) quart water
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
In a quart spray bottle, in that order.
The video also shows my beloved microfiber cloths. These are crucial with stainless steel because the little nubblies pick up the grease and fingerprints. When the cloth is hot, it works even faster and more effectively.
I’m coming to appreciate the stainless. It is pretty. And it does encourage me to clean up after myself. And someday it will go out of fashion.