Stainless steel fridges, dishwashers, and ovens arrive at your house with a pristine gleam that feels like it will stand the test of time. But you know better: Eventually they will lose their luster thanks to grubby fingers, water drips, and messy accidents.
To clean stubborn streaks and spots out of stainless steel appliances:
1. Start by mixing a solution of 1 teaspoon dish detergent and 1 quart hot tap water (wear gloves to protect your hands from the heat).
2. Using a microfiber cloth, rub the detergent solution onto the marks in small sections (it will take a little elbow grease), going with the grain.
3. Rinse with clean hot water only, and dry immediately with a clean cloth.
You can also try buffing away streaks with mineral oil, or using a special stainless steel cleaner.