I've tried commercial stainless cleaners and polishers. I've tried everything to no avail.
In a doctor's waiting room, I was thumbing through a women's magazine and saw tips on how to clean things. One said a simple homemade preparation would clean and shine stainless appliances.
I took a photo of the article. This morning I decided to try it. I took a before picture of my dishwasher. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show how bad the smears and streaks look because of the light bouncing off the stainless finish. It really is—was a mess.
1. Mix 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (the stuff you find in the spice section at the grocery store) with enough water to make a milky solution.
2. Dip a clean sponge in the solution and rub the liquid onto the appliance.
3. Take a clean, soft, damp cloth and wipe the door.
According to the article, cream of tartar mixed with water creates a gently abrasive cleanser that eliminates grease and grime—and all those other products used I suppose.
I'm surprised and very happy because the stainless finish on my dishwasher looks new again.