The Secret to Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks

I’m just going to say this bluntly. My stainless steel sink is gross. I try to wipe the sink down after doing the dishes to keep it clean but this doesn’t always happen. I just grateful that the dishes get done so we have clean dishes to eat off. Sometimes when I go on a cleaning spree, I like to make my stainless steel sink extra shiny, because I like shiny things, and I’m willing to share this secret with you. But, you have to read my tutorial on How to Clean Your Sink in order to find out.

  1. Scrub sink with hot water and soap.
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  2. Rinse stainless steel sink with hot water
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  3. Sprinkle baking soda in sink and scrub
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  4. Scrub disposal area with a toothbrush paying special attention to the rubber flap

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    WARNING the next photo is nasty and you may want to throw up just a little.
    Stainless steel
    The nastiness hiding just below the rubber flap and more than likely the cause of the sink stink.

  5. Rinse and buff dry

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    My apologies for the previous photo, it needed to be shared.
  6. Secret Step! Pour oil onto cloth and buff the stainless steel sink for extra shininess
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I used olive oil on my sink because that’s what I had, you can also use baby oil or mineral oil. The oil helps to keep your stainless steel sink shinier for longer. However, if you apply too much and do not buff off the extra, the oil can make the stainless steel dirty more quickly. I cleaned my sink this way last night and when I got up this morning, I was still amazed at how shiny the sink was. Here’s the best part, you can clean your stainless steel appliances the same way. Even if you just wipe down your stainless steel appliance with hot water and soap, buffing it with oil helps to remove excess grime, like little finger prints, while giving your appliance extra shine.

Now lets some before and afters to prove that my sink is was nasty and now it’s shiny!

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clean stainless steel sinks

I don’t think that was quite enough so let’s do one showing it all up close and personal.

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How do you clean your stainless steel sink?