How to Clean Grease Off Stainless Steel

The shiny surface of stainless steel lends itself to stains and marks. Cleaning stainless steel regularly will prevent it from corroding. Grease often can be a challenge to remove because you do not want to use a harsh abrasive in order to protect the surface of your stainless steel. However, common household ingredients will help to remove the grease effortlessly, and keep the appearance of your stainless steel shiny and clean.

Wipe the area with a soft washcloth, mild soap and hot water. This is the gentlest way to clean off loose and easy-to-remove grease.

Dry the area with another soft cloth to avoid water spots. If water and mild soap do not remove the grease stain, use rubbing alcohol.

Apply rubbing alcohol to a soft washcloth. Continue to rub the area with alcohol to remove the light grease stains from the stainless steel. Rinse thoroughly after the grease is gone.

Place baking soda in a small bowl.

Dampen a soft washcloth.

Dip the cloth in the baking soda and rub it onto the grease.

Repeat the process of adding the baking soda to the grease stain. Continue to rub the area with the baking soda, and then clean the area with a new clean washcloth.

Pour vinegar onto a soft washcloth and rub it over the stainless steel. This will polish and sanitise the area after you have cleaned it with the baking soda. Rinse.


Never use steel wool or other abrasives on stainless steel. Do not rub against the grain of the stainless steel.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft washcloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
  • Vinegar
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