Reader question… “I enjoy the hints you have shared in your blog and I have been pleased to find that all your hints work so well. Recently I saw somewhere about using flour to shine up stainless steel. I am wondering if you have tried this and what your thoughts are.” –Vera W.

Actually, flour DOES shine up stainless steel… quite amazingly well. This technique works the best on a sink or pots and pans… things with flat, open surfaces. I wouldn’t recommend it for appliances (try the olive oil for those) because the flour can get a little messy in grooves and crevices, but if you’re willing to guarantee a lengthy clean-up, the flour will do a good polishing job.

I actually use this method periodically on the double stainless steel sinks in my kitchen. These sinks have been in daily use for forty years and have lots of scratches and imperfections… but polishing with flour sure does make them shine!

It’s important that the stainless steel surface is completely dry (and clean) before you start to use the flour method. Lightly sprinkle dry flour over the entire surface… use a clean, dry cloth and buff in a circular motion. You will see the surface start to shine as you rub.

When the entire surface is shining to your satisfaction, remove the flour and any flour residue and buff again lightly.

I think you’ll be surprised!


I know… a gratuitous photo… but she’s such a sweet soul! :o)