If your stainless steel appliances or surfaces do happen to collect rust, it’s actually quite simple to remove. It will take some patience and a little elbow grease, but by using the trusty powers of white vinegar and baking soda, they will come out looking new again.
If all you have is a few small rust spots, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar. Be sure to pour the vinegar very slowly into the baking soda. You want it to bubble a little, but not erupt. Spread a little of the paste over each spot, then let it sit for 20 minutes. Do not rinse after. Instead, use a paper towel or your fingertips to rub the paste into the stains.
Let it sit for another 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse away with hot water. If your rust stains are stubborn, you may need to repeat the process several times. Always let the paste sit on the stain for a while before rubbing it in. This will loosen the rust and make it easier for the baking soda to penetrate.
If you have more severe rust marks, try scrubbing lighter fluid into them. This is not the best idea, as lighter fluid is very flammable and not safe around food preparation, but as a last resort it may save your stainless steel.
The beauty and timelessness of stainless steel appliances and surfaces are matched only by their vulnerability to smudges and fingerprints. However, now you know just how easy and eco-friendly it is to keep them clean.
There’s no need for investing in costly cleaning products, just remember to have some soft cloths and sponges on hand, as well as white vinegar, baking soda, a little cooking oil and some elbow grease.
You’ll be enjoying your stainless steel for years to come, and keeping it looking shiny and new!