Why You Should Pour Flour in Your Sink

published Jun 3, 2018
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(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Are you one of those who, after completing a cleaning task, look back at the job to admire how spotless everything looks? I do. For many, cleaning isn’t just part of being a responsible and tidy adult; it’s something that gives us the reward of a sense of satisfaction and the small bit of inner calm that order and cleanliness can provide.

Grout cleaning is super high on this list of satisfying before-and-afters—but there’s a similarly pleasing but far less arduous act that scratches the itch just as well for me: Polishing your stainless steel sink with flour.

A clean sink is one thing; but a shiny sink is another. I was impressed with the power of a “shiny sink” when I first began my domestic journey and became acquainted with Fly Lady. To her, and to her “fly babies,” a shiny sink is just what you need to get you started on the road to a clean home. It ends your day with a sense of accomplishment, and greets you in the morning with its gleam and the promise of all you’ll do in the new day.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Using flour to shine your stainless steel sink will restore the reflective surface your forgot your sink ever had. This technique can be used on any stainless steel surface. Just be mindful of crevices that could become lodged with flour. Here’s how to do it:

  • Wash all the dishes.
  • Clean out the sink of debris.
  • Disinfect it. (I use this spray).
  • Use a non-abrasive cleanser. Bon Ami is my favorite and I scrub with one of these sponges.
  • Dry out the sink with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Dump about ¼ cup of flour in your sink and buff it into the surface in circles until it shines
  • Wipe out extra flour.

Savor that shine!