How to Remove Stains From My Stainless Refrigerator

You might assume that stainless steel is actually stainless.

Unfortunately, the product doesn't always live up to its name. With people constantly getting things in and out, stainless steel refrigerators can actually be stained. And those stains can be quite stubborn to get rid of. With the help of a few household products, those unsightly stains and finger marks will vanish.

Mix ammonia and warm water in small bucket. If you need more or less of the solution, remember to use equal parts of both ingredients.

Wet the clean washcloth into the solution.

Apply the cloth to the stain, rubbing vigorously. This will remove most stains from the refrigerator, although they might not all come out at once.

Try a Borax solution for extra stubborn stains. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when working with Borax.

Mix the Borax with the lemon juice in a small bowl.

Dip a clean washcloth into the solution and apply to the stubborn stain.

Dry the stained areas with paper towel when finished. The stain should be gone.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 cups ammonia
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Bucket
  • Clean cloth
  • Gloves
  • 2 Tbsp. Borax
  • Juice from a whole lemon

Warnings

  • Borax is a toxic chemical. Always take care when handling it (gloves, goggles, mask), and always read the instructions on the back of the box.
  • Never use an abrasive or steel wool sponges. They can etch and scratch the surface of the stainless refrigerator.

About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.