Natural Polish for Stainless Steel

Natural Polish for Stainless Steel

by Michelle on January 19, 2009

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,, 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!

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SaRi January 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Wow, that looks great! I am definitely going to try this on my fridge. I had been putting off polishing it because I didn’t want to use those chemicals! Thanks for this great, safe, and cheap solution. I love how olive oil is useful for so many things, and is completely safe and natural. Awesome!

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