This Stainless Steel Cleaner Has 13,000+ Ratings—So We Put It to the Test

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We tried the fingerprint and grime-busting stainless steel cleaner Amazon shoppers can't stop raving about.

If you have stainless steel appliances like I do, you’ve probably noticed that as nice as they are—they’re magnets for fingerprints and grime. I tested one of Amazon’s bestselling stainless steel cleaners, the Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner Kit to see if it lived up to the hype (because hey, that’s what a Home Editor is for). I used it on a dishwasher, fridge, range hood and even cleaned a stainless steel sink with it. It is definitely one of the best eco-friendly products on Amazon, and you need to try a bottle in your own kitchen ASAP.

What is Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner?

A 16-ounce bottle of Therapy stainless steel cleaner is a plant-based cleaning marvel that uses natural coconut oil to clean, polish, and protect stainless steel surfaces. It removes fingerprints, cooking-related residues, grime, streaks, and dust while leaving a smooth finish that makes appliances look brand new. The solvent-free formula means it’s a gentle eco-friendly cleaning product that you can feel safe using around children (trust me, I have five kids) and pets.

The oil-based formula creates a natural barrier to protect against future messes and fingerprints, keeping your microwave, stove, trash can, and other stainless steel items cleaner for longer. The best part? It has a very mild lavender scent that is hard to detect unless you use a lot of it, but smells almost spa-like when you do. No harsh chemical odors here.

How we tested it

Stainless Steel Cleaner Courtesy Bryce Gruber

Figuring out how to clean stainless steel can be daunting. The silver surfaces are more delicate than they look, and their reflective quality makes it extra easy to see dirt. I was eager to use this product because I have several small children and a kitchen that is fully stocked with stainless steel appliances. Let’s just say keeping fingerprints off my fridge is an endless game of whack-a-mole, and the idea of an all-natural stainless steel cleaner that isn’t harmful to little ones reaching for yet another snack really appeals to me.

I tried Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner with the microfiber cloth it came with on my dishwasher, stove, range hood, large French door refrigerator, microwave—and yes, even my trash can. Eventually, I had to wash the included cloth and switched over to a cellulose Swedish dishcloth the next time I cleaned. Both cloth options worked like a charm, and I suspect any lint-free non-abrasive cloth or sponge will work nicely with this product.

What really stood out to me was how the generously-sized 16-ounce bottle lasted so long, and how it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Normally I wear rubber or latex gloves when I clean because even “gentle” products bother my skin, but this formula didn’t.

One bottle is more than enough to power through cleaning several large appliances at least a dozen or more times. Cleaning every stainless steel appliance and product in my kitchen only used about 10 percent of the bottle, which makes this an excellent buy. The milky texture spreads thin and evenly across surfaces and wipes away grease and grime with minimal effort. This stainless steel cleaner is now one of my favorite cleaning secrets to make my home shine, and it’s worth every penny.

Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner product features

Stainless Steel Cleaner Courtesy Bryce Gruber

Using just a little Therapy Clean Stainless Steel Cleaner goes a long way. In fact, using too much is one of the cleaning mistakes that could make your home dirtier, because this product was designed to glide over metallic surfaces with a protective film that can’t be detected with the naked eye. That’s actually good news though, because it means a 16-ounce bottle should last you several months if you clean your appliances one or two times each week.

It is also entirely solvent-free and made of a plant-based coconut oil formula that adds sheen and protection without leaving any residue behind. The lotion-like formula is pH neutral, which means it’s safe for your most delicate appliances, and guess what? It even works on trendy black stainless steel and black matte metal finishes.

Pros of Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner:

  • All-natural and solvent-free formula is non-irritating and safe for kids and pets
  • Nearly perfect 4.6-star Amazon rating
  • Subtle lavender scent thanks to real essential oils
  • Ideal for all stainless steel appliances and kitchenwares
  • Works with black stainless steel and matte black appliances
  • Includes a cleaning cloth
  • Made in the USA
  • No animal testing, cruelty-free

Cons of Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner:

  • A bit more expensive than typical mass-market cleaning products, but a little goes a long way
  • Doesn’t remove scratches

FAQs

Does Therapy Clean Stainless Steel Cleaner remove water stains?

Yes, water stains are easily removed with a single pass of a cloth or towel and a little bit of Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner.

Does this product remove scratches on stainless steel?

No, it won’t fill in scratches or repair gaps in your stainless steel. It will only clean, add luster and protect the surface.

Can you use it on stainless steel pots and pans?

It is not recommended to use Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner on surfaces you plan to eat off of, since the product is a no-rinse formula.

What Amazon reviewers had to say

“I was hesitant because other cleaners weren’t great,” writes verified Amazon purchaser, Courtney. “They either didn’t work or left a weird residue that dust would stick to. This cleaner doesn’t leave a residue and actually works! Highly recommend!”

Kobe, another verified Amazon purchaser, gives this product a full five stars for cleaning his sink. “Really like this cleaner! I’ve used many others and the results with this cleaner make it stand out as a leader. I start with a dry sink. I always use one of those absorbing cloths to get excess water off. Then spray and wipe until dry with the cloth included with purchase. Leaves my sink nice and shiny clean.”

Product comparison

Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner isn’t the cheapest stainless steel cleaner out there, but it more than makes up for its price point with how little you need to use to leave appliances sparkling. I used a bottle of this plant-based cleaner side-by-side with a less-expensive stainless steel cleaner and found that Therapy Clean easily won—and required about 30 percent less product. When you consider overall value and Therapy Clean’s commitment to gentle ingredients, it comes out ahead.

Final verdict

I loved the lotion-like texture of plant-based Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner. It was easy to use, didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, and removed every fingerprint in a single swipe. And considering how little I needed to use to get results, the value is solid. The soft lavender scent was also nice and helped give the brand an edge over competitors. Overall, I’d say this product is an absolute winner—every home with stainless steel appliances should have a bottle on-hand.

Where to buy Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner

The best place to buy a full 16-ounce bottle of Therapy Clean stainless steel cleaner is Amazon, where the product has racked up an impressive 13,900 reviews (and counting!) and a nearly-perfect 4.6-star rating. It’s also available at Walmart. At just under $20 a bottle, it is competitively priced with other all-natural cleaners but offers a far easier user experience, and it’s one of the only all-natural formulas on the market.

Stainless Steel Cleaner via amazon.com

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at Reader's Digest. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.