Stainless steel is a popular choice when it comes to kitchen appliances, spare parts, and tools because of its ability to resist rust and corrosion. Exposure to elements such as dirt, dust, and grime, however, is inevitable. These foreign elements put stainless steel at greater risk for rusting.
Keeping stainless steel products clean and rust-free shouldn't be a problem, though. There are, after all, home remedies to keep stainless steel shiny and clean without having to resort to expensive cleaning products.
Dish Soap and Mineral Oil
Stainless steel products such as gears or rods eventually contract dirt and grime. There’s no need for you to worry, as dish soap and mineral oil can work wonders in cleaning the gunk off any stainless steel parts or appliances.
Using a damp cloth, apply a tiny amount of dish soap and rub it on the steel surface to clean off the excess oils and grime. Go over it more than once for the best results. Then, polish the steel by rubbing mineral oil onto the surface.
If you have any rusty nuts, bolts, or screws in the household, you might want to consider soaking them in white vinegar. The acidity of vinegar reacts with the rust and helps dissolve it from the metal. So, soak those rusty items in white vinegar for a few hours, then scrub the rusty paste it leaves behind.
The easiest way to clean stainless steel appliances is to give it a spray of WD-40. The surface of your stainless steel appliance will instantly turn shiny and clean, and it can even prevent pesky fingerprints from appearing on the surface later on. For longer-lasting protection against dirt and corrosion, however, Peak Finish suggests passivation of stainless steel to further improve appearance and resistance to corrosion.
Sandpaper and Onions
Whether it’s rusty tools or pots and pans, you can easily remove rust by rubbing it down with a damp piece of sandpaper. Then, to further remove the stain it leaves behind, rub the stainless steel surface with a slice of onion. Rinse it down with hot water, and voila: you’ll have a rust-free pot.
You don't have to look somewhere else. There are simple items in the household that may keep stainless steel products clean and rust free.