Monday, 11 March 2013

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

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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:

White vinegar
Baking Soda
Olive Oil

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!


  1. Looks great!! Pinned it!

    Have a marvelous Monday!

  2. Fantastic. I have just moved into an apartment that has a huge stainless steel sink and no matter what I do it looks grubby! I will certainly be giving this a go. I love your blog, following you on bloglovin pronto.

  3. WOW!! This is great! I will have to try this out on my sink. I am trying to become 100% green in my cleaning so this is an excellent post for me! I am pinning this for the future thats for sure :)

  4. I'm looking forward to more of your deep cleaning posts. Do you have some sort of list that you're working through? I didn't see the links you mentioned.

    Love your blog!


    1. Thanks Barbara!

      The links to previous posts are below my signature. I also have previous cleaning posts under the "Organise" tab at the top of the blog, (but it can take me a few days to add new posts to the page as I'm so busy at the moment).

      Yes, I do have a list that I'm working through. Lists keep me motivated!

  5. Wow this looks great! I'm very I have to tackle my kitchen sink eeeeek!!!
    Stopping by from the Homestoreis A2Z Party :-)

  6. Hi! Found you on New Nostalgia blog hop. Thanks for sharing. This is great! Now following via GFC :)


  7. I use the same method as you do... Though the result is not so perfect as I have a very old sink!

  8. Wow! That's awesome! Thanks for the tip!
    Selene @

  9. This is one awesome tip! I think we just forget how great a cleaner vinegar can be. hope you have a fantastic day.

  10. I think that vinegar and baking soda are some of the best weapons when it comes to house cleaning!

    I wanted to add that a great way to keep the sink sparkling is to dry it down completely with a towel or microfibre cloth - it prevents water spots, and makes the steel shiny.


  11. I love homemade things like this using regular household products. Congrats on being featured at Mop it up Monday...keep on keeping on. I really appreciate these simple kinds of posts. Thanks so much.


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