This Simple Trick Removes Spots From Stainless Steel

It doesn't matter how "stainless" stainless steel purportedly is, there always seems to be some sort of spot left on after using housewares and appliances made from this material. Though you try your hardest to avoid disrupting the beauty of your pots and pans, as one example, sometimes it's just simply not possible. And, once you realize there is a spot or two, you've probably spent countless hours scrubbing in order to get rid of them, which sometimes makes the problem even worse.

Though there are many stainless steel cleaners on the market that can help, for some people, using everyday at-home items may be a better and more cost-effective option. Especially if you happen to be on a budget or are worried about too many chemicals in store-bought cleaning products. For a really useful kitchen cleaning hack, "Penny Saving Household Helper" author Rebecca DiLeberto offers a way to get rid of those stainless steel spots in a Country Living article. She suggests rubbing alcohol is actually one of best household items to use — all it takes is a little bit on a cotton ball and wiping over the affected areas to get the job done in no time flat.

Other household items can be used on stainless steel too

While rubbing alcohol may be the most common and readily available household item that you have, there are other options that can remove tougher spots from stainless steel. And, they too cost little to nothing to get from the store if you don't already have them on hand. According to Better Homes & Gardens, you can create a vinegar and baking soda cleaning solution to nix stubborn spots. Both items are known to be cleaning superstars, and this powerful duo really does the trick. Start by boiling distilled white vinegar and pouring onto a thick, clean towel. Place the towel on the problem spot and let it sit for about a half-hour, then sprinkle the area with baking soda and gently scrub until the spot disappears.

The Spruce also says you can effectively remove spots by steaming them out with boiling water and a paper towel. Start by laying the paper towel down on the spot and pour the hot water on top. After letting it sit for 5-10 minutes, you should be able to rub the surface to remove the mark. If that option doesn't work, the site suggests creating a baking soda and dish soap paste to rub the stain out. 

Whatever method you decide to go with, just know you have plenty of options to get your stainless looking its best again in an easy and affordable way.