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How to make your stainless steel sink shine!

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Is your stainless steel sink looking dull and lifeless? Scrub it up with these simple steps for the perfect, shiny sink!  If your sink has lots of scratches, you may not be able to get rid of them but at least your sink will look sparkly clean!

Empty your sink: Make sure there are no dishes, food or residue. Wash the whole thing down with some hot water & dish soap.

Get the worst of it: If you have super tough stains, mix together 3 parts cream of tartar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Rub lightly with a clean, non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Even the worst stains should come right off!

Rub it down: Get the inside of the sink wet and sprinkle some baking soda right onto the steel.  You can add in a little bit of lemon juice or even use a 1/2 lemon as your scrubber for some extra power to your baking soda and to help deodorize (thanks Laura P.)!. Scrub it down, getting into every crevice and cranny, especially around the faucet. Use a toothbrush for tight areas and a non-abrasive sponge for the rest.

Get rid of water spots: Water spots on your stainless steel sink got you down? Don’t worry. Just rub them down with a little white distilled vinegar for a shine that won’t quit!

Buff it over: Grab a soft, lint-free towel and buff the whole sink. It will shine like it is brand new!



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  1. Thank you so much!!! I am trying to do some hard-core spring cleaning over here in Corona, CA. We will totally be using these tips to get this place in shape. We are also having a professional carpet cleaner come this weekend which I am so excited about!!! Thanks again for all the great tips!5 stars

  2. Thank you for sharing this amazing cleaning hack! I am going to do some deep cleaning this month. Thanks again for the tips!5 stars

  3. It’s great to know that distilled vinegar can easily remove the water spots on the steel. I guess I will definitely choose steel for the construction of our equipment since it is easy to maintain. We will be using them for our dream bakery in the future, so this will be perfect since baking can also get messy at times.

  4. This some really good information about stainless steel cleaning. It is good to know that it would be smart to have a cleaner help you remove water spots. It is good to know that white distilled vinegar can help get rid of hard water spots.

  5. Amazing always looking for these can’t handle harsh chemicals to clean stainless steel products. I agree thaty, it is important to make sure there are no dishes, food or residueany. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Bar Keepers Friend works very well and does not scratch or harm the stainless steel.  There are 2 different kinds-use the powdered cleanser, the liquid does not work as well.

  7. What about rings on the stainless steel sink surround? I have rings on mine from someone placing glasses there and I can’t seem to get rid of them. They’re not hard water rings, it’s like the steel is discolored.

  8. I just tried the cream of tartar with hydrogen peroxide in my sink and the stains or gunk just came right off… It looks like a new sink. I also used that mixture to clean the metal drain stopper too. I thought the sink was rusting so I was surprised how quickly everything came off

  9. Does anyone know how to get deep scratches off your stainless steel sinks? Oh I hope so, Iive in an apt, and a heavy cast iron huge roasting pan fell into the sinks. When I move they will not be very happy. Please help! Thank you so much!

    1. An orange is less acidic so I’m not sure if it would work the same way but you could certainly try it out.

  10. What is it with using Dawn dish washing liquid? It’s not something we have over herrings UK, so I was wondering what special property this Dawn has.

    1. If you ever use Dawn, you won’t ever go back to anything else. Gets out any grease stain or ring around the collar. Add to water and spray and kill ants and wasps. The ideas are endless as to what it can do. Hope you can find some.

  11. All you need to do is: fill sink with hot water and diluted thick bleach. Leave overnight, then empty sink. Polish with dry tea towel and voila a shiny shiny sink. :)