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How to clean dull stainless steel cutlery

Updated February 21, 2017

Stainless steel is a metal made from chromium and iron. Other metals, such as nickel, are also often added to this alloy. Cutlery made from stainless steel is durable and easy to clean; over time, however the cutlery may lose its shine. This is due to scuffing, which can occur from regular use and from washing stainless steel in hard water. To bring back the lustre to stainless steel cutlery, you do not need any fancy cleaners and you don't need to spend a lot of time polishing. A simple ingredient in your kitchen will clean and renew stainless steel.

Put on rubber gloves. Fill your kitchen sink with warm water and add 1 tbsp dish soap.

Place the cutlery in the warm, soapy water. Use a kitchen sponge to scrub off food particles from the cutlery, if applicable.

Rinse the cutlery and dry it with a towel. Wet a cloth with white vinegar.

Rub the vinegar-saturated cloth over the cutlery. This will bring out the shine. Keep rubbing until the cutlery is no longer dull.

Rinse the vinegar off with warm water and place the cutlery in your dish drainer to air dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Cloth
  • White Vinegar
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