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  • How to Shine a Stainless Steel Sink

  • Are you looking for a way to make your sink shine without much effort and without having to use special cleaners?

    If your answer is yes, pay attention. This post is for you.

    Shine Stainless Steel Sink

    There’s just something nice about a shiny stainless steel sink, and thankfully, it’s really easy to make it clean and shiny. No special cleaners needed. No chemicals. No weird combinations of various cleaning supplies. Just one thing:

    Baking Soda

    That’s right, all you need for a shiny kitchen sink is a box of baking soda. And some water, of course.

    Remove stuck on food and grease and then sprinkle a light amount of baking soda all over your sink, paying special attention to the corners and drain.

    Clean Kitchen Sink

    Get out an old toothbrush (a sponge would work too, but I find that a soft toothbrush works best in the corners and drain, so I just use it for the whole sink), run it under water (in your sink with baking soda) for a few seconds and start scrubbing (lightly!) in circles.

    Cleaning With Toothbrush

    Start with the sides of your sink, moving down, and finishing with the drain. Scrub the drain well, since that’s where most of your stains will likely be. If you need more water, run a bit in the sink and then shut it off. Don’t leave the water running, or all of your baking soda will disappear.

    Here’s what my sink drain looked like before I added baking soda and started scrubbing:

    Dirty Drain

    And here’s what it looked like when I was done:

    Clean Drain

    Finish off your cleaning by rubbing a mixture of baking soda and water on the top of your sink, and on the faucet (use a rag or sponge for this). Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse out your sink so there is no baking soda residue. If you still see stains, add some more baking soda and scrub again.

    Here’s what my sink looked like at the beginning:

    Dirty Sink

    And here’s what it looked like when I was finished cleaning:

    Clean Sink

    That’s it! A clean, shiny stainless steel sink in only 15-20 minutes, using only 1 very inexpensive product.

    Now that’s my kind of project!

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    How to Shine a Stainless Steel Sink

    1. Genevieve says:

      For an even more effective sink cleaner, and it takes 5 minutes: sprinkle the baking soda in the sink, and then scrub with half of a lemon. It’s almost magical! It works great!

    2. Jenn says:

      15-20 minutes?!?! Oh my gosh I would never clean my sinks if it took that long!

      I use Vim which I get for $0.13 a large bottle after coupons and sales, for scrubbing I use a SOS pad which I get for $0.13 for a 10-pack box after sales and CT scratch cards. $0.26 for my supplies and they last a LOT of sink cleanings and it only takes about 3 minutes.

    3. Lise says:

      I have used baking soda for a long time as well. We live in an area where the water is hard and leaves calcium and lime scale on everything. I scrub just like you said with a tooth brush or spong and my tubs, tile and sinks come up shiney. It is also very environmentally friendly and frugal. Two thumbs up!!! :)

    4. Nikki says:

      I love baking soda and use to use it often, than forgot about it, and now am starting to use it again all the time. Do you think it would be ok to make a paste and wash my stainless steel fridge and dishwasher with it too?? Thanks!

    5. Kerricakes says:

      If you want to do with even less effort use bleach. Not as environmentally friendly but putting that in my sink gets the stains out with no work in 20 mins flat.

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