How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Sink

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How To Clean your Stainless Steel Sink


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How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Sink

Nothing gives a kitchen a clean look like matching stainless steel appliances… but whoever came up with the name “stainless” steel is a liar!

You can wipe down your fridge and dishwasher… but when that sink gets dingy and stained… that clean, shiny kitchen suddenly turns to drab.

Walk a mile in your kitchen sink’s shoes.  It is constantly being filled with dirty dishes with food scraps, having an assortment of colorful liquids poured down it’s drains, being scratched by forks and knives, having hard water run all over it, and having soap dry it out… wouldn’t you look a little ragged after dealing with all of that every day?

Luckily, there are several methods to not only clean your sink, but to polish it as well.  Once you walk through your kitchen and can use your sink as a mirror, you’ll be living the clean life!

Get ready for the before pictures… this is post Thanksgiving and Christmas madness… and this is just plain embarrassing!

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magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty

magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty

magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty


Method 1 – Basic Clean

For a regular amount of dinge, this method should cover it!

For a seriously dingy sink, try this method, then get into some of the others to really get your sink to shine!

What you’ll need:

Baking Soda
Dish Soap
Vinegar
Tooth Brush or Cleaning Brush or Scrubbing Pad

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Get your sink wet and plug it up!

Sprinkle baking soda all over.

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Squeeze some dish soap on top of that.

magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty vinegar

Pour your vinegar over top.

Watch the bubbles do the dirty work while you take a three minute break and enjoy a few sips of wine. (I don’t recommend taking more than 5 minutes as the solution will lose it’s power)

Get your toothbrush or scrubbing pads and put in some elbow grease.

I do not recommend using steel wool.  If you are not incredibly gentle, you can create more scratches in the surface that can hold food scraps and stain and will end up making your sink ware more quickly and stink.

If you are brave enough to try steel wool, it can help to buff out some of the existing scratches, but tread lightly!  Check out method 2 for a safe way of removing scratches!

The almighty after pictures!  A basic clean in 5 minutes!  Not bad!

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magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty clean


Method 2 – Buffing

For sinks that are in need of a light cleaning.

If you have completed method 1 and are in need of some spot cleaning, move onto method 2 once your sink is dry.

What you’ll need:

Cream of Tartar
Hydrogen Peroxide
Fine Mist Spray Bottle
Buffer Pad or Soft Sponge

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Sprinkle your Cream of Tartar over the bottom of the sink.

Spray your hydrogen peroxide to create a paste.

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Buff away scratches and stains.  Work in a circular motion to avoid creating a grain in your sink.

Rinse and check out the buffed and clean surface of that pretty sink!

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Method 3 – Removing Rust

For scratches or dings that have that frightening brown color coming in to greet you, fear not, method 3 is here!

What you’ll need:

Rubbing Alcohol or WD40
Scrubbing Pad and/or Rag

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Try sopping the rag in some rubbing alcohol and buffing that rust right off.

If it’s stubborn, pour it straight into the sink and attack it with that scrubbing pad!

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Method 4 – Polish

This is going to sound strange, but it has been proven to work!  Ask your grandma, she probably did this one!

What you’ll need:

Flour
Microfiber Cloth

Sprinkle a tablespoon or two of flour in your dry sink and buff with your flour.

If you have done Method 2 (Cream of Tartar and Hydrogen Peroxide), and you feel like you need to buff at a finer grit, go for the flour!

Think of methods 2 and 4 as sand paper with different grits to buff out the small scratches in your sink!

(Though I used this method on my sink, the pictures did it no justice, so I skipped adding them in)


Method 5 – Shine and Sparkle

If your sink is clean but just doesn’t match the shine of your fridge, fear not, you’re about to see your reflection!

Not only does this method give your sink a solid shine, it gives your poor sink a bit of moist nourishment!  After constant dirty dishes, soapy water and scum, it could use a spa day!

What you’ll need:

Baby Oil (or Olive Oil)
Rag

Pour oil onto your rag and give your sink a good massage.

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magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty

magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty

magical mama blog how to clean your stainless steel sink metal silver dirty filthy stained rusty

One or two of these methods should be enough to get your sink looking (and smelling) good again!

A run through all of these methods should make any dingy sink look as good as new!!

Stop by 21 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Great to check out my garbage disposal cubes and other ways to make your home smell incredible!

 

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48 Comments

  1. Great tips, thanks for sharing. I will be using this advice tonight on my kitchen sink, which is in desperate need of cleaning.

    1. Nothing smells better than lemon in a kitchen! Yes, the stainless steel can get very dried out, oiling it is a great practice! Just like oiling and seasoning your cast iron pans!

  2. Hmm, I haven’t tried rubbing alcohol to clean rust before. I should give that a go!
    We have a white sink in our kitchen and keeping it clean is a pain. It takes bleach and baking soda regularly.
    Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thank you! It works great! Practically disappears before your eyes right back to the stainless steel!
      I’ve had a white sink before and I definitely don’t miss that constant maintenance!

  3. Talk about synchronicity, I made a quick not this morning to research online how to clean some small rust spots on my ss sink. I’m going to try your method and already know it is going to work great. Thank you.

    1. Baking soda is such a great product for cleaning! Yes! The oil puts back the moisture that gets stripped from the sink with constant soap grime!

    1. Isn’t it incredible what a few minutes with ingredients you have in your cupboard can do? Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Love all the different options! Vinegar is such a great cleaning ingredient, so many uses and gets everything looking really sparkling. This does make me thankful our sink is porcelain though! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. With so many different varieties of dirt and grime, I wanted to give everyone options for what they need! I adore vinegar! It can be used to clean literally everything! It’s gentle and can disinfect better than so many other products!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I had no idea there were so many ways to clean a sink. I like all of these methods because I have all of these things in the house already with the exception of peroxide.
    Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

    1. That’s what I love about these basic cleaning products! They are so versatile and you always have them around! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Post holidays and the start of a new year is always the best time for a nice deep clean in the kitchen! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Wow they certainly do like a mirror by the end! Our sink is white plastic and I hate it (we inherited it when we moved into the house and it’s on the to-do list to replace at some point) because it doesn’t clean very easily at all and, being white, it shows up all the stains. Grr. #blogcrush

    1. I made the transition two years ago as well. Sinks are the hardest to keep pretty in the kitchen! I hope this works well for you!

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