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How to Clean {and Polish} a Stainless Steel Sink

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 without a daily cleaning!

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 by rubbing the sink and flour.  Rinse and dry.

Shine your Sink:

Use a few drops of baby or olive oil on a cloth to shine your sink by rubbing all stainless steel surfaces of the sink.

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

How to Clean {and Polish} a Stainless Steel Sink

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Materials

  • Baking Soda
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Olive Oil

Tools

  • Old Toothbrush
  • Dry Cloth

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle baking soda around your sink and add warm water to form a paste.  
  2. Use a scrubbing sponge and an old toothbrush to clean the entire sink.  
  3. If you have stains in your sink, you can apply a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide to the stains.  You can also use vinegar to remove any rust or water spots.
  4. After the paste has dried, wipe it off with a wet cloth.  
  5. Make sure your sink is as clean and dry as you can get it before you move on to the next finishing steps.
  6. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour in your dry sink and use a cloth to polish the stainless steel by rubbing the sink and flour.  Rinse and dry.
  7. Use a few drops of baby or olive oil on a cloth to shine your sink by rubbing all stainless steel surfaces of the sink.

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

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