The kitchen sink is something we use every day. We’re either washing dishes or our hands, rinsing out vases, filling a pot or just getting ourselves a drink. The tasks we do with it are endless.
Since we’re looking at it all the time, day in and day out, it’s easy to miss the fact that things are getting a little dark and dingy.
Look closer at the drain rim, see some darkening stains? Eyeball the sides a little more carefully, you’ll likely notice some dingy buildup.
Here’s how to bring back that shine…it’s easier than you think and no special tools required!
For General Care:
First put in the plug and fill it with hot soapy water, drain. Next choose one of the following methods…
- Use a soft cloth soaked in some white vinegar and scrub the surface…or…
- Sprinkle bicarb all over then gently scrub it with a damp sponge
For tougher jobs:
- Linda Cobb suggests mixing 3 parts cream of tartar with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and then taking a damp cloth, massage the mix into the surface. Let dry then wipe with a cloth.
- 1 part vinegar, 1 part hot water, 1/2 part baking soda. Scrub mixture into surface with a damp sponge or rag. Rinse well then dry with a rag.
- I’ve also been told a tip to spray a layer of hot water over the basin to cover, then spray a layer of household ammonia. Cover with a plastic bag (stretched across the top with ends taped down on counter top) and leave overnight. Rinse the ammonia off in the morning then wash with soapy water and dry with a rag.
To make it sparkle:
- Wash well then rub in baby oil, or olive oil, or windex and buff dry with a soft rag
- Soft nylon bristle scrubbers or nylon pot scrubbers. Don’t use anything too abrasive that will scratch the stainless steel.
Now that you have it sparkling fresh again, you’ll really notice how it brings the sink area back to life. It looks so much nicer, and Bonus! you didn’t have to buy any new equipment to make it happen :).
The ingredients listed above are all gentle and not too abrasive so they shouldn’t scratch the stainless at all…just don’t overdo the muscle action. Use some pressure, but let the powder/mix do the work for you.
Depending on how much action the basin gets, I would advise adding this to your monthly To-Do list. Why wait until things start looking nasty? Just sprinkle some baking soda around, wipe it down well with a sponge and things are in good shape for another month.
What I also try to do on a regular basis is to pour boiling hot water down the drain (both if you have a duo-sink setup). This will flush out food bits that are still hanging around and if you add some household vinegar and bicarb, it will also freshen up the pipes. If you notice any nasty smells but fluids are emptying just fine, this trick will help with that.