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Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Green Clean | 0 comments

stainless steel cleaner ingredients and trash cansThe stainless steel trash can in my kitchen was smelling pretty ripe this weekend, even after I took the garbage out. Unsure of the best way to clean stainless steel, I referred to the book, The Naturally Clean Home.

The basic sink cleanser recipe for stainless steel and porcelain looked promising and, as a bonus, I was able to make it right away. The recipe called for just three ingredients: baking soda, vinegar and essential oil.

I made the solution in a small mixing bowl so I could dip my cleaning cloth in it and filled a large mixing bowl with hot water for the rinsing cloth, otherwise the sink would have been continually running. A third cleaning cloth was used to dry the trash can.

The kitchen trash can cleaned up nicely, so I used the leftover solution to clean the bathroom trash can too. If you have left over solution, and only one trash can to clean, consider using it to shine your stainless steel sink or faucets.

And for extra credit, make yourself chemical-free trash discs to help keep the offending smells away.

Stainless Steel Cleaner
A natural stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel sinks, trash cans and faucets, and porcelain sinks. Use common kitchen items to make this biodegradable cleaner.
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Total Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
  1. 1/4 cup baking soda
  2. 1.25 cups white vinegar
  3. 3 drops essential oils
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Dip a cleaning cloth into the solution and wipe onto the surface you would like to clean.
  3. Using hot water rinse or wipe away the solution. If the surface is not rinsed well a filmy haze will be left behind.
  4. You may dry the surface or let it air dry.
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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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