Keeping Your Appliances Free of Grease and Grime

Before upgrading our kitchen, we went back and forth a lot about the color of our appliances – white, black, stainless – they all seemed to have their advantages and disadvantages, especially when it comes to keeping them in tip-top shape. And since cleaning was at the very top of my list, I made sure to check out all of my options.

In the end, we went with black appliances because we liked the contrast they created with our beautiful white cabinets. Not to mention, all the horror stories I had heard about fingerprints and smudges on stainless appliances!

We’re certainly happy with our choice of black, but I have to admit, moving from white appliances to black created a bit of a learning curve with my cleaning regimen. I’m still not entirely sure that I’ve mastered the perfect, streak-free shine I’m aiming for, but every day of cleaning gets me one step closer to that goal. Isn’t it funny how one little characteristic can really change the way you approach housework?

To help you avoid over-researching this topic – or, even worse, buying and testing every product available on the shelf – I thought I’d share a few tidbits of my own cleaning knowledge with you. This might help you make an appliance color decision or simply push your current appliances to a new level of cleanliness.

  • White appliances: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of hot water. Together, these three ingredients will remove grease and grime. It should also deodorize. If your appliances are looking a little yellow, try this: mix ¼ cup of baking soda with 2 cups of hot water. Apply this to the front of your appliances, allowing it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe clean.
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  • Black appliances: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of hot water, 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of baby oil in a spray bottle. The dish soap, vinegar and alcohol will cut through grease and grime, and the baby oil will add sheen. Spray your appliances down and wipe them clean with a microfiber cloth. Use an additional dry cloth to polish your appliances for a streak-free look.
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  • Stainless Steel appliances: Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 4 cups of hot water. Wet a microfiber with the solution, and then wipe down your stainless steel appliances. All stainless steel appliances will have a slight grain, so make sure to clean with the grain. If you run into particularly difficult grease or grime, buff it out using a circular motion. Rinse the appliances with a soap-free cloth and hot water. Let your appliances dry thoroughly, and then buff them with your favorite stainless steel polish to restore shine.
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Just pick your appliance color, and then pick your cleaning path. Your appliances will be shiny and streak-free before you know it! Good luck, and feel free to share any other appliance cleaning tips with me in the comments below.