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Old 11-10-2006, 09:35 AM   #1
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Baby Oil on Stainless Steel?

We have been researching different appliances - mostly in the stainless steel family. I came across a "secret" as this person put it. He/She rubs baby oil on their stainless steel appliances about twice a month to keep finger prints down and he/she said it makes cleaning easier. Has anyone ever heard of this? I would hate to do this to a new appliance and ruin the finish - it is going to be a LONG time before I replace these.......

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Old 11-10-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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I have 2 comments -

First is just ewww! Don't want my food tasting like baby oil - yuck!

Secondly, could this person just be a little too OCD about their pots and pans?

MM, if you buy a good set of SS, and take 'common sense' care of it, it -will! - last you forever!
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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Rubbing the right thing on SS is a good idea.
Go to a large store- Home Depot? Kitchen store? Restaurant supply? etc... and buy a can of Sheila Shine... its made for appliances, water coolers, refrigerators etc... works great, inexpensive, and does not smell like your kids behind....
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Oh Marmalady, let me clarify myself - I meant wiping down APPLIANCES with baby oil - like the fridge, dishwashwer, microwave, stove, etc. I agree with you on pots and pans - ewww! I am anal about those too, but barkeepers friend helps me out there! Have you heard of babyoil on appliances? My girlfriend said she heard of orange oil - I just don't want to ruin a finish.
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:17 AM   #5
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I have 2 comments -

First is just ewww! Don't want my food tasting like baby oil - yuck!

Secondly, could this person just be a little too OCD about their pots and pans?

MM, if you buy a good set of SS, and take 'common sense' care of it, it -will! - last you forever!
Baby oil is primarily mineral oil with a fragrance added. You may also find other ingredients such as aloe vera. Mineral oil is the same oil that you use to oil stone countertops or wooden cutting boards and butcher block surfaces. I doubt that it would harm the stainless steel, but it would not soak in and it would always remain wet to the touch.
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:23 AM   #6
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It seems to me that it would be a dust magnet.
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It seems to me that it would be a dust magnet.
I didn't think of that, you know how I am about dust..........which is worse, fingerprints or dust?
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:32 AM   #8
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The baby oil may give you both! WOW, a bonanza for all cleaning fans everywhere!

I have black applpiances. Another cleaning nightmare. However, I'm fortunate that my eyesight isn't as good as it was.
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Hopz is right. There are numerous products available just for cleaning/preserving stainless steel appliances. And if THEY screw up your appliance, you can sue the company. I doubt very much if the courts would take a suit against Johnson & Johnson for ruining your refrigerator seriously.
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It seems to me that it would be a dust magnet.


It IS a dust magnet!!

The best thing to do is to use a powerful cleaner such as Greased Lightening.

This stuff REALLY works and it cuts through old sticky gummy caked on built-up grease like nothing that I've ever tried before!!!

Then just go behind that with a freshly-rinsed cloth or rag. Your appliances will shine very brightly!!
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