How to Polish Stainless Steel Appliances

Yea, that's the oven handle in my hand!

I recently had an oven related emergency… no, not a fire! My oven fell apart while I was cooking my dinner! So one night I was cooking dinner and the had just finished preheating, so I opened it to put my food in the oven and the handle felt a little loose. I thought to myself, “Hmmm, wouldn’t that suck if the handle fell off.” But I put my food in the oven, set the timer, and didn’t check back until the timer went off. When the timer started beeping, I went in the kitchen and turned it off then it happened…I pulled the handle to open the oven and yup, you guessed it… the handle fell right off in my hand! Then the stainless steel part of the oven door fell against my legs while the heavy-duty insulated part of the door was held closed by springs. I stood there for a minute saying a few choice words and trying to figure out what to do. First, I turned the oven off since my dinner was still trapped inside. Then, with Pete out of town and no one else there but me, I stood there for about five minutes trying to reach something in my kitchen to hold up the stainless steel door. Since that part of the door isn’t meant to come apart from the main part, it is not meant to bend at the bottom so I was scared it would snap off if I just lowered it down to the floor. There was nothing in reach, I even tried to reach my garbage can with my foot… nope, couldn’t do it. So last resort I pulled out the drawer on the bottom of the oven and slowly lowered the door down to rest on the drawer while saying over and over again, “Please don’t break, please don’t break.” Luckily it didn’t break! I then had to pry the oven open with oven mitts to get my dinner out. The door was shut with a strong spring and it was really hot. After enjoying my dinner I texted my dad the picture you see with the message, “Help!” He came to the rescue the next day and screwed everything back together. Phew! Crisis averted.


So if you’re wondering what the point of that story was, other than picturing me holding on to the oven with one hand while reaching for a garbage can with my foot… wish I could have seen that myself, trust me there’s a point! During that whole mess I realized how dirty my stainless steel oven was. Then I looked at both my dishwasher and refrigerator and couldn’t believe I hadn’t noticed it before. Gross! So once my dad fixed my oven, I pulled out the coconut oil of course! It only took about five or ten minutes to do all of my appliances!

How to polish your stainless steel appliances: Trust me when I say this, a little goes a long way when polishing your appliances. Start by wiping off any food particles. Then put a little coconut oil on a soft cloth, you can always add more if you don’t have enough.  I started with about a teaspoon on the cloth. Wipe down all of your appliances with the coconut oil. Use some pressure, wipe in circular motions, and make sure to cover the whole appliance to get rid of those water spots and finger prints. Then go back with a clean cloth and wipe all of the coconut oil off. Wipe the same way as the grain of the stainless steel to give it a nice, finished look. A few weeks later my appliance still look great! If you are having guests over for the holidays, now is the perfect time to give this a try. Such a quick and easy fix will make your kitchen look 100% better!  Take a look at the before and after pictures, trust me it’s worth it! Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!


–          Jen

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