How to Clean {and Polish} a Stainless Steel Sink

Just 3 steps using common household ingredients to have a clean and shiny stainless steel sink! hardwater stains | baking soda | olive oil | flour

My sink really gets a work out – between dirty dishes being placed in there and then getting filled with soapy water to clean those dishes.  It can get really dirty!

However, with just a few ingredients that you probably already have around the house, you can easily clean, polish, and shine your stainless steel sink.

Clean your Sink:

Sprinkle baking soda around your sink and add warm water to form a paste.  Use a scrubbing sponge and an old toothbrush to clean the entire sink.  If you have stains in your sink, you can apply a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to the stains.  After the paste has dried, wipe it off with a wet cloth.  You can also use vinegar to remove any rust or water spots.

Make sure your sink is as clean and dry as you can get it before you move on to the next finishing steps.

Polish your Sink:

Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour in your dry sink and use a cloth to polish the stainless steel.  Rinse and dry.

Shine your Sink:

Use a few drops of baby or olive oil on a cloth to shine your sink.

Hopefully after using these steps, you’ll have a stainless steel sink that looks new again!

Check out additional Easy DIY Cleaning tips or follow my Cleaning board on Pinterest!

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  1. S Taylor says:

    I use soft scrub, scrub with a sponge and rinse and somewhat dry, then follow up with Shaklee Basic Cleaner Mix and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth and mine looks just like new!

  2. William H says:

    I listened as you described the process of cleaning a stainless steel sink.
    Your process is far to long. How about using a product called BKF, follow the direction. and the finished job “WoW!!

    • Corrie C says:

      I’ve heard that using Bar Keeper’s Friend for cleaning works great also! I was trying to go with more natural ingredients for my cleaning process, which is why I used such a variety.

  3. Marilyn Lawton says:

    What kind of sponge do you use without scratching it. Thanks

  4. Sheila says:

    Magic Eraser sponges clean and shine stainless steel sinks in a jiffy. I also use baking soda occasionally- it cleans, shines, and freshens the drain.

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