Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless Steel CleanerUsually stainless steel cleaning products are quite aggressive and contain a bunch of nasty chemicals and solvents. Indeed stainless steel requires sufficient cleaning power in order to keep it blemish-free, but there are less toxic ways to care for your stainless steel cookware and appliances. One of these ways is to prepare your own stainless steel cleaner, it is very easy and the mixture works like a charm.

The necessary ingredients and materials:

-white vinegar;

-vegetable oil;

-fragrance extract;

-spray bottle;

The concoction:

mix one part vegetable oil, to one part water, to two parts white vinegar; stir and shake the mixture vigorously; you will have to shake well the solution before each use.

The fragrance:

whitevinegar does not have the most pleasant scent out there, and this is the reason why you will use the fragrance extracts; put ten or fifteen (pipette) drops of vanilla, orange or lemon extract in the solution and stir it once again.

The application:

when washing brushed stainless steel, go with the grain, use warm soapy water and wash out the water;

-spray the solution you prepared directly onto the stainless steel surface and polish with the grain using a dry, soft cloth;

-removal of greasy build ups on stainless steel requires more power, this is why you should treat the grease with undiluted white vinegar and then spray the stainless steel cleaning solution.

Stainless Steel CleanerNote: if using the cleaning solution on stainless steel appliances (not cookware), use a soft rag and do not apply too much pressure as the steel used for appliances is not as resistant as the steel which cookware is made of, although they might appear the same.

Another Note: abrasives and scours should not be used on stainless steel as such cleaners will scratch and cloud the surface. In extreme cases of heavy staining, where nothing else works, you may apply some baking soda, to the inside of cookware only.

Stainless steel is meant to be rust resistant, and to remain unaffected by most chemicals it gets exposed to. This however does not mean that stainless steel is not affected by mechanical damage such as scratching. Using aggressive abrasives or scouring cleaning products may not have an immediate effect but scratches will show after a couple of erroneous cleaning treatments. Stainless steel finished appliances are even more susceptible to scratching so be extra careful when cleaning and polishing those. 

Orange Peel Cleaning Solution

Orange Peel Cleaning SolutionNatural formula cleaning solutions are great for when you want to keep your place clean and fresh without using aggressive chemicals. Most of the time, organic or natural formula cleaning products are quite pricy and can put a serious dent in your household budget. However, this particular natural cleaner is cheap as chips, and so easy to make. Introducing the orange peel cleaner!

What you need:

-about two kilos of oranges (they don’t have to be the best quality);

-some baking soda;

-a large glass jar (and the lid);

-one pint of white (undiluted) vinegar;

-a strainer and a pitcher;

-a spray bottle;

The process:

  1. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub each orange thoroughly with a mixture of baking soda and water, in one to three ratio in favour of water; this removes dirt, pesticides and bacteria from the orange; rinse the fruits.

  1. Peel the oranges; how you do it makes no difference, just get all the peel.

  1. Put all the peels in the glass jar, make sure the jar is clean, pour enough white vinegar over the peels so that they are completely immersed; cap the jar tightly.

  1. Leave the mixture in a dark, cool spot for at least one month (good things take time).

  2. When the mixture is ready, uncap the jar and strain the solution into a pitcher or another wide-mouth container; the idea is to separate the peels from the solution – you only need the liquid.

  1. Dilute the solution with half a cup of fresh water and stir thoroughly, then pour it into a spray bottle for easy use and application.

Useful info:

-you don’t have to eat two kilos of oranges at once in order to prepare the solution; consume your oranges whichever way you like; peels will stay fresh and usable for up to two weeks in a resealable bag, though they must be refrigerated;

you can use any citrus peels you like, including orange, lime, grapefruit, mandarins etc. they will not lower the effectiveness of your peel cleaner;

Orange Peel Cleaning SolutionWarning: Limonene which is the active ingredient in orange peels is a corrosive agent that will affect certain surfaces and materials. Before using the orange peel cleaner, apply a small amount of it on an out of sight area to see if there are any ill effects. Limonene is not in any way dangerous for your skin, nails or hair. It shouldn’t come in contact with eyes though.

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