Sunday, 17 August 2014

Tips, Tools & Techniques - Cleaning Stainless Steel

Hello! Here's our regular feature where we share tips, tools & techniques that have caught our eye, things we have Pinned, and things we have tried. These are probably not going to change your life(!) but might make it a bit easier...
I've seen the tip of using cream of tartar to clean stainless steel on Pinterest (for example this post by a Real-Life Housewife) and decided to give it a go!!

I do occasionally attempt to clean my stainless steel toaster and kettle (not that you can tell from the photos!!). But a wipe with a cloth doesn't really shift the limescale and grime that builds up over time.... or is that just me?!
Before cleaning!
The idea is to mix cream of tartar with a few drops of water to form a thin paste....
... then use a soft sponge to cover the appliance.
I left it for a few minutes to do its magic, then wiped off with a wet sponge and 'polished' with a paper towel.
Ta da, shiny and clean!!
Most of the marks came off with minimal wiping, but there were a couple of marks which needed a bit more rubbing with the sponge. I'd suggest not using a scourer incase it scratches the finish.
This took minimal effort and time and was a great way to make my toaster and kettle shiny again! I guess you could do it on larger appliances like fridges, but not sure how cost effective it would or how much cream of tartar you would need....

What tips do you have for making sure your stainless steel stays shiny?!

10 comments:

  1. Well that does look a useful tip.Thank you. I will have to have a go on my toaster, which is a complete disgrace.

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    1. It's certainly a good way of getting rid of disgraceful toasters!! x

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  2. What a great idea, I shall definitely be using that tomorrow.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I've spent ages trying to get my cooker to sparkle. I'll be giving this a try.
    Ali xx

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    1. Ah good idea to try it on your cooker - hope it works! x

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  4. Thanks I will be trying this on my oil jug which is a pig ti clean

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    1. Hopefully this will make it a lot easier for you! x

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  5. Thanks, I have a few items that need this treatment.

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    1. Thanks Gayle, let us know how you get on! x

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