After using my chemical-ridden storebought stainless steel polish over the weekend and noticing it left streaks on my trash can as well as a strong smell in the air, I hopped online in the hopes of finding a better-working, safe, and natural solution.
I was in luck- one of my new favorite websites, thriftyfun.com, had a question/answer post suggesting the use of extra virgin olive oil with a clean, lint-free cloth. Impatient as I am, I grabbed an old holey sock (clean, of course) and my bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil. I accidentally poured more olive oil than I intended to on the trash can, but it spread easily and seemed to help with the polishing. A few wipes later, my trash can was streak-free and shinier than it had ever been with my commercial cleaner!
The olive oil left no lingering smell and since it is a safe and natural product, I can feel comfortable using it as often as necessary. My storebought cleaner actually has a warning to only use in a ventilated area and I had never enjoyed breathing in the smell. I don’t have to worry about this with the olive oil, plus I always have some stocked in my kitchen cupboard. I do not have any stainless steel appliances, but believe that this method would also work for those. Hopefully you enjoy and have success with this natural method, too!