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How to Clean A Stainless Sink

Do you have a stainless sink? I’ve got one at work that is really gross. Let’s just say, it is beyond the normal daily dirt.

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What’s the best way to make your stainless steel sink shine like the day it was installed? It’s actually easier than you think. And the good news is that you can do it using all completely natural ingredients.

Tools To Clean Your Stainless Sink

What you need to clean stainless sink

The tools you need to clean your stainless sink are probably things you already own. You don’t need a special stainless steel cleaner. All you need are two things: baking soda and plain white vinegar. You can also use a brush or sponge and if you have some stubborn stains, you’ll need paper towels.

Steps to clean your sink

Here are the steps to take your stainless sink from gross to great. You may have to do a second round (as I did) if your sink is very dirty. There’s a trick to get rid of the more stubborn stains.

  • Wet your sink with a little bit of water.
  • Sprinkle the bottom of the sink with baking soda.
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  • Pour white vinegar over the baking soda. I put the stopper in my sink to keep the vinegar in the sink while I scrub it. Don’t be alarmed when it bubbles up like a science experiment. It’s supposed to do that.
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  • Use a brush (what I like to use) or a sponge and start scrubbing. I like to use natural ingredients, but They can require more elbow grease than harsher cleansers. I scrubbed this sink for a few minutes and then rinsed it out with water.

What vinegar and baking powder can’t clean?

I have tried using these two ingredients together to clean out a clogged drain in my shower. This clog is probably a combination of hair and soap scum. Unfortunately this combination did nothing to get my drain moving. Maybe it works if you have more soap scum and less hair. Read my next post about how to save your drain from hair clogs.

How to deal with stubborn stains

If you do the steps above and find there are still rings or stains in your sink, try this. Pour some more baking soda over the stains in your sink. Put a few paper towels over the baking soda. Pour enough vinegar on the paper towels to coat them. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

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Remove the paper towels and scrub the stains again. Rinse and you should have a nice and shiny stainless sink again.

How do I get my stainless steel sink to shine?

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need “stainless cleaner” to get your stainless sink to shine. You might need to scrub a little, but you only need vinegar and baking soda to make your sink shine like the day you bought it. Check out the after photo of my dirty sink.

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Does vinegar damage stainless steel?

Vinegar does not damage your stainless steel sink. It’s a great natural ingredient for cleaning it. You can also use white vinegar to clean other stainless appliances like your refrigerator or a toaster.

I hope this helps you with your dirty stainless sink.

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