In the competition for the title of household multitasking hero, coconut oil is rivaled only by baking soda for its sheer number of uses coupled with extreme effectiveness. From moisturizing your own cheeks to keeping a different set of cheeks diaper rash-free, if you have a quandary, chances are that coconut oil can swoop on in to save the day.
In my latest installment of coconut oil worship, I thought I would share with you its most miraculous feat yet.
Our new apartment has a brand new stainless steel stove. After looking at one apartment that had no stove to speak of, and another with a relic from the 1970s so caked in grease it was barely recognizable, let me begin by saying that this stove is not something I’m taking for granted. Standing sentinel with the stove there’s also a stainless steel refrigerator and a dishwasher (I know…).
But all gratefulness aside, from an aesthetic point of view, I’ve never really gotten the appeal of stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel refrigerators strike me as looking like mid-century rocket ships ready for blast-off. And until we moved in, I wasn’t aware that there was also the added disadvantage of needing to keep all of this shiny metal—well—shiny.
When water drips down a stainless steel fridge or a certain toddling nephew hoists himself repeatedly against the shiny face of the dishwasher, telltale signs get left behind. Wiping them down with a soapy sponge or giving them a spritz with a multipurpose cleaning spray leave them looking even worse.
But: coconut oil to the rescue! Instead of shuffling to the corner store in search of a dubious “stainless steel cleaning product” I’ve been polishing my stainless steel with a smear or two of coconut oil. After cleaning my appliances in the usual way, I give them a good rubdown. I use just a spoonful of oil on a soft cloth, rubbed into the surface until it’s not greasy to the touch, but all of the stains and streaks have gone away.
I might be the last person on earth to know about this petit miracle. But in case I’m not, I hope I’ve given you yet another reason to enjoy your humble jar o’ coconut oil. Little victories, friends.
*What’s the strange strip of white above the white tile? Why yes, yes I did stick white contact up to cover an ugly mosaic tile.