Gross to Gorgeous – Best Ways to Clean Stainless Steel

Gross to Gorgeous – Best Ways to Clean Stainless Steel

The in-laws were arriving for vacation at the end of the day and I had turned into a cleaning mad woman on a mission! Not only was the house a disaster, but the deck area was covering in grime and cobwebs and there sat the stainless steel grill… (which they bought for us 3 years ago)… looking gross as gross could be.

And I knew that was not going to fly with them. Something had to be done about it, and FAST!

Best Ways to Clean Stainless Steel Grills

How to clean stainless steel

 I was given the opportunity to review some Proctor & Gamble products available at Lowe’s. I had my fingers crossed that Mr. Clean would come to my rescue and save the day for me! I love Magic Erasers but I had never tried out the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Erasers or Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray before.

Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro

I put it to the test. The directions said for stainless steel, I should just spray it on and then wipe off and to let it sit for a minute in really tough grimy areas. Oh-my-goodness! I seriously shouted, “WOW”!

How to clean a stainless steel grill

I’ve used all kinds of things in the past to clean this grill and it was labor intensive, but this stuff was amazing! Just look how nasty the grill had gotten. The Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray totally cut through all the grease and all I had to do was wipe it off with the paper towel. For the really bad baked on grease (along the edge), I sprayed really heavy and let it sit, then wiped. Then I went over it all with a damp paper towel.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Grill

Seriously, look at the difference of the before and after! Ooooooo, so shiny!

How to clean a stainless steel grill

Ok, that was impressive. Now I have this gorgeous grill against a disgustingly dirty deck and siding. How about we try Mr. Clean on the siding? I sprayed it on, let it sit for a minute and then rinsed it off with a hose. Almost all of it came off but I really probably should have sprayed the siding first to rinse off the excess grime (the dirty was really thick). I took the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, wet it and slid it over the siding. I didn’t have to scrub at all, just wiped it over lightly and the grime was gone.

See the difference in the pic below?

Cleaning vinyl siding

The doors and surrounding trim also got wiped down with the eraser. Huge, huge, huge difference!

Bye-bye mold!

Door molding before and after

Cleaning vinyl siding

It didn’t take long at all! Thank goodness. Now that the deck went from gross to gorgeous, it is ready for relaxing and entertaining!

deck with vines

And guess what? My father in law stepped outside and asked us, “So you all got a new grill?”

Hee, hee, hee! Success!

I hope you try some of these best ways to clean stainless steel! If you don’t have a Lowe’s near you, then you can also find these products on Amazon. Click this affiliate link to buy it on Amazon: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro Cleansing Pad

For all kinds of cleaning tips and tricks on how to get your outdoors ready for summer fun and entertaining click here


This post was brought to you in partnership by P&G and Lowe’s.  All expressed opinions are my own.

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  1. P&G should seriously send you on vacation, because you just sold me! I am buying this after work today. Your deck looks great, by the way!

  2. Oh my, I should try this on my grill! It’s nasty :). Nice job and it really does look brand new!

  3. Looks GREAT, Kim! I have so many outside areas of my home that need attention! Time to snap to it, and pick up some of that Mr. Clean while I’m at it. 🙂
    xo Heidi

  4. Michelle says:

    uhm wow. I think I’ll be buying that this weekend!

  5. You sold me!!! I’m going to try it! Have a good time with family!!~~Angela

  6. crafty grandma says:

    LOL!! Don’t you just love that when that happens? Last year, I took our bar-b-que and gave it a good cleaning up (it’s all black so the dirt hides well!) After it being out all winter, it was rusted in places so I bought some paint special for the outside of the BBQ and painted it….that week-end my daughter and son-in-law came over and he made the same comment….hey you bought a new BBQ!! LOL!!! Love it!! TFS

  7. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    Thank you for this. I am going to Lowes tonight!

  8. Definitely need to try that. WOW!

  9. Awesome. After cleaning it up, that had to feel good. It’s so sparkly now. And you know, the food will taste even better 🙂

  10. Love how it cleaned so easily. My grill is so gross – I need to get me some Mr. Clean!

  11. I’m definitely checking out those products – wow what a difference! Your grill sparkles now! This Mrs. needs Mr. Clean in her life!! 😉 Heather

  12. Kim!! This is amazing! I got this same box from P&G, and I started cleaning off our patio tonight in preparation for the post. I planned to clean up my grill tomorrow but after seeing your post I’m tempted to get out there and scrub-a-dub tonight!! My grill is way grosser than yours so I’ll put it to the test also and let you know how it goes. I’m excited!

    • Oh Beth you’re going to love it. Every blogger I know who has tried it says they are totally addicted to it! (AND I HATE CLEANING). It’s awesome stuff. Thanks hun!

  13. does it clean the grate too?

  14. looks amazingly clean and ready for summer grilling!

  15. Paula B. says:

    Kim, thanks to your trying this out, I went out and bought the spray, and can testify that it does indeed work – and as easily as you said it would! Our two sons got to work cleaning our 4-year-old stainless grill that was in serious need of cleaning – for Father’s Day. Dad was super surprised and couldn’t believe how shiny it turned out. Thanks so much!!

  16. Looks fantastic! thanks for the product tip, can’t wait to try it on the siding by the deck.

  17. That’s amazing! I definitely need to try this on our grill. It looks nearly identical to your before photos 🙂

  18. I am definitely going to try those! Now if I could only keep that little mouse off my grill. He keeps sitting there eating (and you know what else)! Every time I get ready to use the grill I have to wipe all over with bleach wipes. Disgusting!!

  19. So can you use this on the grates as well or is it not food safe? We have ceramic grates on our grill. I was going to try soaking them in ammonia overnight but if this works, I’d rather just use a single product. Thanks for the pin-spiration to get me out there to tackle that nasty job!

  20. I am totally going to try this on my gross grill! Thanks!!!

    Off topic, move your grill away from the siding. You get any kind of flame up on that grill and it will melt the siding!

    • Hi Amy~
      Ha, no worries about the grill, we always pull it out far away from the siding before actually grilling. I certainly don’t want to burn my house down! 😉 But thanks for looking out for me!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Love the results! I am adding both to my shopping list since I can see our very dirty bbq grill through the window from this computer. The outdoor magic erasers will come in handy for our white vinyl window trim that always attracts so much dirt over our long winters. Thanks for the review.

  22. It worked so well that the writing next to the knobs came off as well. Beware!
    Did any one try it inside the grill and grates?

  23. Joan Cline says:

    Will not look any farther, sold!

  24. I’m going out tomorrow a.m. and buy some Mr.Clean Outdoor Pro. Thanks for the hint.

  25. Jeanine says:

    OMGOSH! What a transformation! Thank You so much for sharing! I have tried everything to get our grill clean, I can’t wait to use these products.

  26. This is exactly what I was looking for. I was just outside taking some pictures for a “Transformation Tuesday” featuring my back deck. I had not even realized how horrifying our grill looks these days. I usually use Barkeepers Friend on stainless, but if I try out your methods (assuming I can find the products at the store in the morning) I will definitely link back to this great post. Thank you and I love the blog!

  27. Juliana says:

    I went to Lowes today to pick this up and they do not have it on the shelves. They had the eraser but not the cleaner….Anyone buy this product someplace else? I checked all the Lowes online in my area and they do not have it…thanks.

  28. I hope these products save the day for me!!!!!! A friend used out brand new grill and melted the knobs! It looked AWFUL! I scrubbed for 3 hours. It looks better than it did and still nasty. I was thrilled when my daughter sent me your post! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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