Stainless steel, or else inox, is a material used widely due to its resistance to bending, snapping and wrapping. We have many items made of this durable material around the house, like kitchen appliances (a fridge, oven, microwave), heated towel rails, flasks (food and drink), watches, and the list goes on and on.
A major problem with all these is that they need regular cleaning, as stainless steel loses its shiny and clean appearance very easily. The same goes for stainless steel cutlery. You want it to be bright and shiny, but unfortunately, it isn’t. To clean your silverware, you could just throw it in the dishwasher or hand wash it. Or you can use bicarbonate of soda to bring back the lost shine. Hopefully, there are a couple of DIY cleaning methods to do it. Therefore, we have prepared this step-by-step guide to help you learn how to clean stainless steel cutlery with baking soda.
Uses of baking soda
Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, is a fine powder used in baking. Due to its properties, it can cause the dough to rise. But, beyond cooking and baking, it has additional uses in house cleaning. It is used as a deodorant, a bleaching agent, an all-purpose cleaner, an air freshener, etc. You can use it to remove carpet stains and smells, clean silver, oil stains out of your clothes, clean mouldy walls, clean white trainers, your Staub cast-iron Dutch ovens and so forth.
In simple terms, this powerful powder is all you need to keep your house clean and fresh. It’s an eco-friendly, affordable and ultra-effective abrasive that will remove any tough and stubborn stain and grime from almost every surface and material without damaging it.
When it comes to cleaning stainless steel cookware and cutlery, this miraculous fine powder is rather efficient. Any water spot and discolouration will be removed in no time from your precious spoons, knives and forks.
How to clean stainless steel cutlery
The magic powder is a stainless steel cleaner as well. You might have already used it before to clean your stainless steel sink or appliances. Now, it’s time to come and save your tarnish silverware as well. Let’s see some cleaning methods to keep your inox cutlery in tiptop condition.
Remove stubborn stains and buildup
If you are bored of finding stains on your cutlery, even if you have washed them in the dishwasher, we have an amazing solution to get rid of them. You can use the natural ingredient that everyone has on their kitchen cupboards—baking soda. But you will need some extra help. Along with the powder soda, you will also need vinegar. These two ingredients, when mixed, work wonders. Let’s see what you have to do:
- A small bowl
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- A spoon
- A soft bristle brush
- White vinegar
- A lint-free towel
Steps to follow:
- Mix soda and liquid dish soap in the small bowl and stir them thoroughly with a spoon to form a paste.
- Apply the cleaning paste to the cutlery and scrub it with a soft bristle brush, like a toothbrush.
- If any stains still remain after cleaning your food utensils with the paste, use the brush again and scrub them with vinegar.
- Rinse them thoroughly under running water and dry them with a dry cloth.
Cleaning cloudy silverware
No matter how regularly you clean your silverware, time will make its appearance. Silver forks, spoons and knives become a bit dull over time and lose their shine. But, if you want to make them look bright again like you just bought them and make cloudy disappear, read the below hack on how to do it using soda combined with more natural ingredients.
- A pot
- Aluminium foil
- Iodised salt
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Lint-free cloth or towel
Steps to follow:
- Fill a pot with water and let it boil.
- While waiting for the water to boil, close the drain in the sink and line it with aluminium foil.
- Now, it’s time to create your cleaning solution. Sprinkle iodised salt and the magic powder on the foil. Don’t be stingy. Sprinkle a generous amount of both ingredients.
- Next, pour some white vinegar and stir with your hands to create a paste.
- Place your cutlery on the paste and in the boiling water.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- After a quarter of an hour has passed, remove the food utensils from the sink and rinse with cold water.
- Finally, dry with a lint-free cloth or towel.
EXTRA TIP: You can use lemon juice instead of vinegar. You’ll have the same amazing results.
Polishing the cutlery
After cleaning stains and cloudy, there’s one more task you need to do to ensure that your cutlery is clean and bright. The finishing touch and the most important thing you have to do after cleaning is polishing. Once more, soda is your best ally.
- Warm water
- A tray
- A teaspoon of soda
- A lint-free clean cloth
Steps to follow:
- Pour some warm water into the tray and add a teaspoon of soda.
- Add the cutlery and let soak for about 10-15 minutes.
- Finally, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
Extra cleaning tips
Below, we have some tips and warnings for ingredients you can and can’t use when it comes to cleaning your inox cutlery. We promise they are rather useful to keep your cutlery in pristine condition.
- Use olive oil to remove streaks created from hot water. Rub your cutlery gently until streaks are gone using a dishcloth or paper towels moistened with olive oil.
- Avoid using steel wool, scrubbing pads or cleansers containing chlorine bleach or chloride. You’ll never bring back the lost shine on your utensils. Instead, they’ll become even duller.
- You may find it very easy to wash your silverware in the dishwasher. However, even if it’s dishwasher safe, the best way is to hand wash it.
- After washing your cutlery, always hand dry it to prevent water stains and corrosion from hard water.
Cleaning your silverware will be a walk in the park from now on, as long as you have the magic soda and follow our above hacks. Combine sodium with salt, vinegar or lemon juice to remove stains and cloudiness and to polish it. It won’t take long and won’t cost you a lot. Your cutlery will shine like brand new, just with a pinch of soda.