How to clean stainless steel and make it shiny

From sinks to kitchen surfaces, here’s how to get them sparkling again

Whether you’ve opted for sleek stainless steel surfaces in your kitchen, a shiny sink in your bathroom, or just own a few stainless steel utensils, you probably have more of this metal in your home than you realize.

How to clean stainless steel in sinks

Clean with a damp cloth and dishwasher or antibacterial spray. If you need a more thorough cleaning, use an all-purpose cleaner. Rinse and dry.

How to clean stainless steel hobs

Spray a solution of white vinegar—you can refill an old spray bottle once you’ve rinsed it well—onto a stainless steel hob and let it work on the grease for a few minutes before sponging the grime off.


To clean stainless steel surfaces, wash with a liquid detergent solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive cream cleansers.

Paper bin

If the exterior of your bin is made of matt brushed stainless steel, we recommend that you clean it with a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner. And, if you are looking for a beautiful garbage can for your kitchen, here are the 35 most beautiful garbage cans to recycle.

How to clean stainless steel pans

• For stubborn stains, let the pan cool, fill it with water and add a dishwasher tablet or a tablespoon of organic detergent (biological detergent has enzymes specifically designed to remove food stains).
• Return the saucepan to the heat and bring it to a boil.
• Let it simmer for about 10 minutes and the burned bits will flake off, leaving the pan like new.
• Repeat the operation if necessary.

How to clean stainless steel cutlery

Remove stains by rubbing with a cloth soaked in vinegar or lemon juice, then rinse well.
Stainless steel knives are more prone to corroding than stainless steel forks or spoons. This is because, in order to achieve a long-lasting and sharp edge, the steel used in the knife blade must be much harder than that used for other cutlery. The result is lower corrosion resistance. To keep your cutting knives in perfect condition, do not leave them submerged in water for a long time and always wash them by hand, drying them well with a kitchen towel afterwards.