I haven't had a whole lot of time to get things done this week but I was determined to stick to my plan to tick one item off my deep cleaning to do list, (I'll link up previous cleaning posts at the bottom of the page). So today I tackled something that doesn't take a lot of time; the sink.
Here are the before pictures:
Don't judge me, I swear I do clean it on a regular basis. It just doesn't stay shiny for long and with the hard water in our area it develops stains quite quickly. To do a proper clean on my sink I use three natural ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard:
You will also need a clean cloth or two and a kettle of boiling water.
I started by giving the drain a good clean out because, as I mentioned in my cleaning a dishwasher post, we have dodgy enough pipes without adding blocked drains into the equation. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the plug hole and then add half a cup of white vinegar. You will need to wash the fizzing mixture into the drain, which is where the boiled kettle comes in.
Next I wanted to tackle the area around the plug hole because that was where the sink was the most stained. I mixed a little white vinegar with the baking soda to create a paste and then spread it over the affected area. This was left to sit for a while, and I got on with cleaning the rest of the sink.
I used a spray bottle filled with one part white vinegar to one part water and sprayed the draining board. After giving the draining board a good wipe with a soft cloth I then put a little olive oil on a cloth and rubbed it into the sink to remove any remaining water marks and give it a bit of a shine.
Once that was done I wiped away the baking soda/vinegar mix from around the plug hole, which lifted the stains. And here are the after pictures of my shiny stainless steel sink. All done without harsh cleaning chemicals.
The only other thing I did to clean the sink was remove a little limescale build up from around the tap. I haven't included that in this post because I covered how to do this in detail in an earlier post on cleaning taps with white vinegar.
Love a shiny sink, it makes the whole kitchen feel much cleaner!