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Kim Woodrow and Aggie MacKenzie star in BBC's "How Clean is Your House?" which chronicles the pair's experiences in people's dirty homes. Kim is touted as the cleaning expert, while Aggie serves as the bacteria specialist. Kim and Aggie share all sorts of tips for cleaning on their show, including ways to clean stainless steel appliances.
To keep your stainless steel appliances looking like new, Aggie and Kim recommend a daily cleaning routine. Mix 1 cup of warm water with 4 to 5 drops of mild dish soap. Dip a clean sponge in the soapy water and wipe down the outside cabinet of the appliance. Buff dry with a soft cloth.
Heavy Soiling or Rusty Marks
Stainless steel appliances often suffer heavy soiling or rusty marks. Remedy this, according to Aggie and Kim, by making a baking soda paste. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of water until it forms a paste. Or, for a smaller quantity, mix 2 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Apply to the soiled or rust-stained areas with a damp sponge and wipe clean with a damp towel. Buff dry with a clean, soft towel.
Stainless steel refrigerators often contain glass shelves that require different cleaning methods. Aggie and Kim recommend a mixture of 50 per cent white vinegar and 50 per cent water in a spray bottle. Spray on the appliance's shelves and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Never use any type of abrasive cleaning tools or cleaning supplies to clean stainless steel appliances because they can scratch the finish. Use a non-abrasive sponge or damp cloth for cleaning and a soft, dry cloth for drying. Disposable paper products can also be used for drying.
- "The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management"; Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie; 2006
- BBC America: About the Show
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