This Surprising Secret Makes Stainless Steel Sinks Shine

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It can be tricky to keep a stainless steel sink looking truly clean, but I have a brilliant tip to share that makes it much easier. This tip will not only leave your stainless steel sink looking cleaner than ever, but it’ll be shinier than you ever thought possible!

All it takes to shine up a stainless steel sink is a handful of simple supplies, and one of them is likely already in your pantry!

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The Secret To A Shiny Kitchen Sink

The secret to keeping almost any sink clean, stainless steel included, is to give it a good scrub with Bar Keepers Friend every few weeks. Regardless of whether your sink is made from porcelain or stainless steel, using Bar Keepers Friend is the easiest way to remove gunk, grime, and marks of all sorts.

Related: 14 Things You Can Clean With Bar Keepers Friend That Will Amaze You

But for stainless steel sinks specifically, adding one extra step can take your sink from clean to ultra-shiny!

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As strange as it might sound, that extra step involves flour. Yep, the same flour you use to make your favorite baked goods also happens to be the key to a super shiny stainless steel sink!

Think of it this way—if Bar Keepers Friend is like coarse-grit sandpaper in the way that it scours away messes and marks, then flour is like fine-grit sandpaper. It’s the last little finishing touch that gives your project a professional-looking finish, and you’ll love how it finishes shining your stainless steel sink! Read on to learn how it’s done.

How To Clean And Shine Your Kitchen Sink

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You’ll need:

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Step 1 – Wipe It Out

After emptying your sink, wipe it out with a cloth and your favorite all-purpose cleaner. After all, you probably don’t want to shine up a dirty sink!

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Step 2 – Scrub With Bar Keepers Friend

Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend into the bottom of your sink and scrub with a damp sponge. (If you’re using the soft cleanser variety of BKF, squeeze it onto a damp sponge first and then scrub.)

Make sure to scrub the sides of your sink in addition to the bottom, and give the drain a good scrub too.

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After scrubbing, rinse out your sink thoroughly. (It’s important to rinse surfaces well after scrubbing them with Bar Keepers Friend!)

Once you’ve ensured that all the residue has been rinsed away, dry your sink thoroughly with a clean cloth or a paper towel.

Note: If you have a porcelain sink, you’ll be finished at this point, so step back and admire your handy work! If you have a stainless steel sink, proceed to Step 3.

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Step 3 – Shine With Flour

After double-checking that your sink is completely dry, sprinkle a handful of flour into the bottom of your sink. Use a dry cloth to buff the flour onto the sides and bottom of the sink using small, circular motions.

Once you’ve buffed the whole sink, wipe out any remaining flour.

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Then stand back and admire your handiwork! Impressive, right? Who would have thought that flour of all things would be the secret to a sparkling clean stainless steel sink? What a world. :-)

How do you keep your kitchen sink looking clean?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Homekeeping Tips

  • One thing that should also be done when cleaning a stainless surface of any kind is to scrub the surface with the “grain” of the stainless steel, not against it.

    • Not if it’s followed by a sufficient amount of hot water. Plug the sink, run a couple inches of hot water into it, pull the plug, and the flour will be gone.

  • Does anybody have a tip for a stained ss sink. I accidentally got drain cleaner on the bathroom sink. Badly and permanently stained. I think I have tried everything, but you guys are so smart! Any help?

  • I use Mrs Meyer’s Baking Soda Cream Cleaner about once a month. The smell is wonderful while scrubbing out the water spots which is usually all I have as I clean it after dishes are done on a nightly basis. My mother used Bar Keepers Friend but I never picked up that habit from her. After my first stainless steel sink, I swore I would never have another but here I am with another. I will try the flour trick though because that was interesting and would love to see if it shines up anymore than normal after Mrs Meyer’s.

  • After my first SS sink I swore I would never have another but lo and behold I have another. I love the Mrs Meyer products and ran across the baking soda cream cleaner on a whim. It is amazing to say the least. I love my diy cleaners but have never found anything that works and shines a sink like Mrs Meyer’s baking soda cream cleaner. It’s fairly inexpensive and the one I purchased has a lemon verbena scent. It might just be what you are looking for.

  • I also use Barkerper’s Friend to clean the inner liner of the insulated cup I use every day all day long, and the inner liner of my InstantPot. Be sure to rinse well for both. I’m apprehensive about using BF on my fridge and use another product especially for the fridge; don’t want to disturb the finish.

  • Thanks so much Jillee! I’ve been wondering about a good way to clean and shine my (almost) new stainless steel sink. Your ideas are always so practical and since subscribing to your website I search here first for solid answers and ideas to any household challenge. THANK YOU!

  • Wow! I just read your post about tips to make my sink shine. It’s 3:31am and I can hardly wait to get up in the morning to wash my sink! ( who would ever think that I would ever be excited about my sink?)
    Thank you so much for all of your friendly advice, it is much appreciated!

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