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Stainless Cleaner – Today’s 10 Minute Eco-Action

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stainlesskitchenMost of my friends who have stainless steep appliances are endlessly complaining about streaks and finger marks, and how hard they are to remove from their stainless steel appliances.

What is the problem? Why so hard to clean? Like marble counter tops and no-wax floors, cleaning stainless steel appliances is complicated by the manufacturing process. New stainless steel is protected for a number of years by a chromium film that protects the metal from rusting, staining, and even tarnishing. But if you don’t keep up with the stains as you go along, the film can be broken.

My best DIY formula of all time, my softscrub, is also a stainless steel cleaner that works on streaks to stains to general cleanup:

Ingredients
½ cup baking soda
A few squirts of a green liquid soap or detergent.

Place the baking soda in a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop some of the mixture onto a sponge and scrub the stainless steel. Rinse well.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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