Reader question… “I have a stainless steel sink and stainless steel appliances and they always look dull and streaky. I won’t use chemical products. Do you have any natural way to keep stainless steel looking clean and shiny?” –Bonnie W.

I actually do have a great “green” way to clean stainless steel surfaces using only natural ingredients… and it really does work… even better, I think, than chemical cleaners. All you need are just two simple ingredients… olive oil and white vinegar. If you don’t have white vinegar, use cider vinegar.

Here’s how… Rub the stainless steel surface with a soft cloth dampened with a small amount of olive oil. Wipe the oil off the surface with another soft cloth dampened with vinegar. Immediate result… gleaming stainless steel!

I was skeptical the first time I tried the olive oil and vinegar, but the results are amazing for appliances or any other stainless steel surface. I especially like the way it cleans the double stainless steel sink in our kitchen because our hard water has always made keeping that sink looking good a challenge. Since I’ve been using the oil and vinegar method, and occasionally the flour method, that sink shines like it did the day it was installed!

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