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Monday, September 24, 2012

How to Make Your Stainless Steel Sink Sparkle

 This week I am showing off my
OCD-ness with my kitchen.
Now let me explain.
I can't, I repeat CAN NOT go to bed with dishes in the sink.
It haunts me.
Every night I must wipe down the kitchen counters,
empty and reload the dishwasher,
wipe out the kitchen sink,
wipe down all the stainless steel appliances,
and make sure the trash is not overflowing.
Like can't go to sleep if these things aren't done.

With that being said,
I have been on the hunt for a pin on Pinterest
that is a tutorial of how to get your stainless steel sink clean.
And not just clean,
I want it SPARKLING!
And I finally found it,
did it,
and now I'm sharing it with you all.
Seriously it works amazingly!!
This is a must repin.

First off you will need...
-Baking Soda
-White Vinegar
-Dish Soap
-Paper Towels
-Wax Paper

Clean your sink with a little bit of dish soap and a paper towel.
Just a quick clean will be fine.
Rinse out.
You do this to get all the gunk off and start with a clean-ish sink.

Sprinkle baking soda into the base of the sink.
Make a paste out of the baking soda.
And begin to scrub the sink with the sponge.

To clean the rim of the sink,
take the toothbrush,
wet it and sprinkle some baking soda directly on the toothbrush.
Begin scrubbing around the rim.
You may need to reapply the paste a couple of times to get around the entire rim of the sink.

Rinse all of the baking soda residue off.

line the base of the sink with paper towels.
Pour the vinegar onto the paper towel so they are fully wet.

Let sit for 20-30 minutes.

Take the paper towels out.
I actually placed them in an grocery bag and took them directly out to the trash
because they would have stunk up the house.

Rinse out the sink with some dish soap and water again.
Rub down with the sponge and soapy water one more time.

And wahla!
You have a sparkling sink!

For a finishing touch,
I took a small amount of wax paper
and rubbed down the faucet.
The wax paper helps prevent water mark build up.

Now this is how you get a sparkling stainless steel sink!

I would recommend doing this twice a month
and along with any OCD-ness your kitchen will be the cleanest on the block!


Ashley Paige said...

Umm.. i LOVE this. I cannot tell you HOW MANY TIMES I've tried those fancy chemical cleaners that promise sparkling stainless steel only to be left with dull, flat streaky steel. I cannot WAIT to try this!! Thanks so much for linking up.. And yeah. I am SO obsessed with this linkup. I want to DO ALL THE PINS!

Erin said...

This is great! Literally I was wondering this weekend how to get those random spots that refuse to leave off the sink!

bethanygp said...

Oh my gosh, I soooo needed to see this! My sinks are so gross and I can never get them super clean with regular store-bought chemical cleaners. Will this also work on stainless steel refrigerators? Thanks for sharing this!!

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

Love this! I'm half convinced my husband jumped into your body and wrote the intro himself. He's EXACTLY like that! He'll love this! Finally, blogging pays off for him ;-)

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh this is a great tip...definitely need to try on our sink! :)

Anonymous said...

That seems like way too many steps for me. I've always used comet on my sink. Wet down the sink, pour in generous amount of comet, use a scouring pad(or sponge) to scrub the whole thing then rinse out and wipe dry with a paper towel. Wiping it dry is a must or you get a haze. Try it out.

Lisa said...

I've always just used window cleaner on a clean sink. It works great!

Anonymous said...

Easiest way to clean grime, gunk, etc. from a stainless sink, a stove, or counter top: use salt, the best is the grainy kosher type, or regular, or baking soda. Wet it and let it set for a minute or so. It loosens just about EVERYTHING! To get a great shine on that sink-if you need it-a few drops of oil wiped on the dry surface.

Anonymous said...

I have used the salt tip and it's great but a little bit of baking soda and a damp paper towel do the trick too. BTW- I clean houses for a living!

Anonymous said...

BarKeepers Friend my friend. No need to go through all of this craziness unless you have nothing better to do.

Anonymous said...

I just use a Magic Eraser on my stainless steel sink (actually I use the store brand, less expensive & works as well). I also use the Magic Eraser on my fiberglass tubs.

Terrie M/ Creating amazing said...

Take the paper towels out of the sink and do a quick rub down on the counters and stove. vinegar kills as much bacteria as clorox or lysol and is nontoxic. Completely cuts grease (I use to clean bathroom as well)

Marine Mom said...

I scrub with comet cleanser, dry sink completely and rub baby oil on sink with a paper towel. It shines so nicely!

Anonymous said...

I use barkeepers friend and it works fantastic! everytime. It is an amazing product. I love it!!!!

Anonymous said...

I use sprayway stainless steel cleaner after i wash down my sink. It doesnt streak & offers protection from water stains. Its at sams club.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! My stainless steel sinks needed this tip!

Jo Jones said...

I learned about cleaning my sink from Flylady; she changed my housecleaning into a completely manageable routine. (, I think.)

Anonymous said...

Comet is something I use to you too. I grew up watching my mother use it.Then I had babies and found out how it really isn't the safest product to be using, especially with littles around. Yes, even when they are not in close vicinity, it isn't good to use. So I really enjoyed this tip of a new way to clean the sink. It works great! Save the comet for the rare, hard to get clean jobs!

Anonymous said...

You can also give it a good scrubbing, then dry it really well, and use baby oil (or some other oil I like almond oil) to wipe it down. Maby that could be a nightly thing and this weekly.

Chemicals said...

Thanks for the post, great tips and the information which is useful for all. I'll be back later for some great reading...

Anonymous said...

I use SOS pads, the steel wool with soap added scrubbers. I'm not sure how good it would be for a newer stainless steel sink. Mine was an older one and I had small scatches in the corners from cleaning baking sheets and the drain was really dull. I just add a bit of water to the pad to get the soap working, then scrub "with the grain" of the brushed steel. Works terrific on the metal of the drain!


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