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How To Clean Water Stains on Stainless Steel

Is it just me or did anyone else think that "stainless" meant NO STAINS?!! About 8 months ago we replaced our ugly, outdated dishwasher with a brand new stainless steel one. Not even a month later I noticed 4 long water streaks running down the right side of the door.

My go to cleaner is a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. I keep the mixture in a spray bottle and use it on just about everything. I've used vinegar to clean some pretty tough stains in the past and I did't think these water stains would be any different. When I first sprayed the cleaner onto the dishwasher, the stains seemed to vanish right away. However, they reappeared as soon as the solution started to dry.

Over the past 7 months I have tried everything imaginable to remove these water stains. I even tried my baking soda paste that removed burnt on junk in my oven but it had absolutely no effect on the water stains. I tried lemon juice, pledge, even store bought cleaners meant for stainless steel. I read several articles on Pinterest claiming to work but they were all fails!! These stains would taunt me every time I walked into the kitchen. I'm pretty sure I even heard them laughing at me during my last cleaning attempt.

I was about to give up when I noticed the bottle of Bar Keepers Friend under my kitchen sink. Across the top of the bottle were the words STAINLESS STEEL!

I wasn't so confident that this cleaner would do any better than my previous attempts but figured it was worth a try. Following the directions on the bottle, I squirted a generous amount onto a damp rag then rubbed it all over the stainless steel. I let the solution sit for about 30 seconds while I rinsed off the rag then I used the clean, damp rag to wipe the solution off. Finally, I used a second rag to dry and buff the stainless steel.

I could not believe it! The stains were gone!!! After 7 months and multiple attempts, I am happy to report that my stainless steel dishwasher is once again "stainless".

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