How to clean Stainless Steel…for real!

*Heads Up Update: I am told this does not work on the brushed stainless steel appliances. So be aware!*

I just discovered this today and I couldn’t wait to share it! Here at The Smithocracy we believe in sharing with others. Something that my 5-year-old is trying really hard to comprehend.

But I digress.

Today as I was cleaning, I discovered the most amazing way to clean my stainless steel appliances. This may not be a secret to some of you, but it is new to me. And it works!

First a little history.

I love the look of stainless steel. And I believe so do most people. Although since owning it, I have often wondered where the “stainless” comes from. As far as I could tell, you could never quite get it all the way clean. There always seems to be that one finger print that just won’t go away. Or in my case, a slight sheen from where the sticker was. So I was a little bothered by this. In fact I was planning on putting forth a motion to have an official name change. Perhaps Stainable Steel. Or Slightly Smudgy Steel. Anything but Stainless Steel.

Until today! From now on it will remain Stainless Steel in The Smithocracy. This was achieved by only changing one thing in my cleaning routine.

I use Pledge (thanks to a recommendation from a friend) to clean my Stainless. I find that it works much better then any Stainless Steel cleaner I have tried.

I also like it because I don’t have to worry about overspray ruining my cabinets. Pledge is made for wood as well. So I just polish the cabinet up too. I prefer the Dust & Allergen Pledge, but Orange is nice as well. I also use a microfiber cloth. The one above was purchased at Target.

I had just finished cleaning my fridge and it looked pretty good. But there was still some smudges, that have been their since we bought the fridge last summer. It is hard to show in pictures, since it is so reflective, but I did my best.

The discoloration that is in the circle is left from the sticker. There was also a bunch of discoloration alongside the water dispenser. It is not in the picture because I had already used it to test my idea at this point. And since you don’t see it, it obviously worked!

“Tannie, your killing me, just tell us already!!!!!

Okay, okay. Here is it.

1. Spray spot with pledge

2. Let it sit about 1 minute

3. Wipe Clean

That’s it. Before I would spray and then instantly wipe. That took up most of the marks, but left behind some that seemed to be impossible to remove. The stainless cleaners were even worse, always leaving streaks and barely cleaning it. But today, I had accidentally oversprayed on my stove top while polishing the hood. I decided to ignore it until I was done with the hood. When I got to the overspray on the stovetop I noticed that a cooking stain disappeared with it. One I had resigned myself to living with forever. I tried it again, and another one was gone. I went to the fridge. Sprayed the side next to the water dispenser that was REALLY bad. Waited a minute and viola, Gone!

You can see that the sticker stain is gone in my after.

Well you could tell better in real life. But I hope the picture shows a little bit of a difference for you. Looking at it, you would have no idea that dirty small children touch it every single day…a lot…

Anyway I am so happy to learn that all I needed was a little extra patience. So now every stainless steel item in my kitchen is officially stainless once more.

Do you have any cool tricks you’ve discovered. Feel free to share!

***UPDATE*** So I still stand by the pledge method, however in order to stay on the up and up with all you Readers, I need to update what I am doing. I love the Pledge way, however I do not love the waxy buildup that occurs on my tile floor from the spray falling. For a while I placed a towel down. And that worked ok, but my laziness kicked in. For the last few weeks I have switched too Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner. It works really well so far. So I kind of go back and forth. With the Wieman I have to watch for overspray on the cabintes, Pledge I do not. So anyway, now you know all and my guilt is now relieved!

Also there are a ton of other good hints down in the comments section. So try them out and let me know which method you prefer! I am so glad that I am not the only one on a mission to make Stainless Steel stainless once more!

Want more cleaning tips? Check them out here.

Time to Dine

I apologize for indulging in some public PDA yesterday. But it was all in the name of love.

Which The Smithocracy fully supports. ;-)

Anyway I am thinking about tables lately. Specifically Kitchen tables. It is time to fill that empty space in my life. It is hard for me to decide what I want! I know “about” what I want. I definitely want a round table. In fact the Saarinen Tulip Table is just about the perfect fit.


But with a price tag of $1,807.00…yeah. Not happening.

But look how beautiful it is with the black base.

Sorry it is so small. But yeah. So pretty.

Here it is in oval.

Don’t love those chairs though. But Oval could be fun.

Here is a completely different kind of table.

I like the black with the metal. Pretty cool.

And another option

So obviously the theme here is some classic mixed with industrial. All of those images can be found on my pinterest page if you want a closer look or if you want to see where it came from and who gets the credit, none of those photos are mine.

My heart really lies with the tulip table and the black base. May need some DIY sweat going on here.

I wonder if Dan is free…?

What do you guys think? Or do you have a suggestion that I may be interested in. Let me know!

To My Valentine

Mrs. Darling: There are many different kinds of bravery. There’s the bravery of thinking of others before one’s self. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family, and put away many dreams.
Michael: Where did he put them?
Mrs. Darling: He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer… He does. And that is why he is brave.

~ Peter Pan, 2003 Movie

To my Brave Dan, who has set aside many dreams in order to make ours come true. I love you and thank you for YOU!!!


Happy Valentines Day.

Best bread sticks ever!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness, I just made these and they are the best ever!!!!!

Go to Jamie Cooks It Up! right now and make them. Go…now…

Why are you still here?

Make these now!!!!!!

100% Smithocracy approval here people!

She also has some other amazing and delicious looking recipes I am going to to have to try. And if you are still reading this then you are not cooking. Go my friends. Go.