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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  1. Lisa says:

    I do that too or Vim cream cleanser works well too. It’s hard to say which one would be cheaper. I’ve never found baking soda to be all that inexpensive.

  2. Jane says:

    Great tip Mrs. J.! Baking soda is also a good skin softener. I put it in my foot bath when I do my feet. I soak them, use a rasp and then slather with my favourite foot cream. Works wonders.

  3. Heather says:

    You can get a 6 pack of baking soda at Costco for under $6.00 plus a case of vinegar, then you’re all set!

  4. Lisa says:

    Baking soda is amazing stuff. I just started making my own saline neti pot rinse with 50/50 baking soda to non-iodized sea salt. I also use it in the shower to exfoliate 🙂

  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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!! 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Dawn Burton says:

    truthfully much easier with a magic eraser also much quicker and does a very good job

  11. It’s amazing how perfectly you cleaned your sink just with baking soda! I haven’t tried, but after reading your post and seeing those pictures I will try to shine my sink too! Thanks a lot for sharing

  12. I was advised to add lemon juice at the beginning of the process, just wipe the foam around the sink. Have a brew then gentle rub away. I don’t know if it’s any easier or any cleaner but I enjoy the brew in the middle

    PS I’m age advanced separated and from the male species so all tips are appreciated

  13. Carrie H says:

    Thanks for correction – still contains chemicals that we shouldn’t come in contact with.

  14. Lisa says:

    You really have to know your unit prices to shop at the Bulk Barn. Last time I checked, baking soda was more expensive there than at the grocery store.

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