How To: Make Your Stainless Steel Sink Shine

published Jul 29, 2008
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Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks has always been a pet peeve. Once it was discovered how clean and shiny they REALLY could be, the OCD about keeping them that clean….hasn’t stopped. And why not when it’s so simple to do? Click through the jump to check out how to use common household items to clean even the dirtiest sink naturally and in under 5 minutes.

Stainless Steel sinks always seem to deceive you. Their name suggests a sink that will take care of itself, but that’s rarely the case. Take clean to a whole new level when you have a few extra seconds to give your sink a bit of TLC.

Clean with baking soda and water

To clean your stainless steel sink, just mix a paste of baking soda and water. Scratches may also be removed with a very fine steel wool. Simply give the entire sink a gentle once over and it will obliterate and hairline scratches. Simply wash the residue away and continue with the rest of your cleaning.

Remove water spots with vinegar

To remove water spots, simply dip your sponge in white vinegar and they should rub right off. Rubbing alcohol also works to remove rust if your sink is suffering from a case of the “crusties.”

Use cream of tartar for stubborn stains

If stubborn stains seem to be ailing you (thanks to the last tenant), use a mixture of 3 parts cream of tartar to 1 part hydrogen peroxide and buff it over a stain with a cloth. Let the mixture sit and allow to dry before wiping away with a wet cloth or sponge.

Polish with all-purpose flour

To add an extra kick to your sink, you can polish it with none other than All-Purpose Flour. Toss a few tablespoons of flour into the sink and rub it (some pressure is needed, but nothing that should cause a sweat to break out) around with a soft cloth. Another method is to use club soda. Simply put the stopper in the drain and pour in some of the bubbly beverage. Buff it around with a cloth, drying to prevent water spots when done.

Shine with baby oil

To give your sink that extra burst of shine, you can apply a few drops of baby oil to a paper towel and buff it around.

It’s a perfect trick to keep things spic and span!