Today post is all about stainless steel sinks, but in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I must admit that I do not actually have a stainless steel sink in my own home. However, we do have a stainless steel sink in the kitchen at the OGT Studio, and that should count for something! :-) Suffice it to say that I am familiar enough with that sink that I understand how tricky it is to keep a stainless steel sink looking truly clean.
But today I’ll be sharing a brilliant tip with you that will it much easier! In fact, after utilizing this tip, your stainless steel sink will not only look clean, it’ll be certifiably spotless. I’m talking glistening, gleaming, sparkling clean. All it takes is a handful of supplies, one of which is likely in your pantry as we speak!
The Secret To A Shiny Kitchen Sink
The secret to keeping any sink clean, stainless steel included, is to give it a good scrub with Barkeepers Friend every few weeks. No matter whether your sink is made from porcelain or stainless steel, using Barkeepers Friend to clean it is the easiest way to remove gunk, grime, and marks of all sorts.(For more about Barkeepers Friend, check out the link below.)But for stainless steel sinks specifically, adding one extra step can take your sink from clean to ultra-shiny!
And as odd as it sounds, that extra step involves good old flour. Yep, the same flour you use to make bread or baked goods is the key to a super shiny stainless steel sink! If Barkeepers Friend is the coarse-grit sandpaper of cleaning supplies, then flour is its fine-grit cousin. It’s that last little finishing touch that gives your project a professional finish, and you’re going to love the way it makes your stainless steel sink look. Read on to learn how it’s done! :-)
How To Clean And Shine Your Kitchen Sink
- Cleaning cloths
- All-purpose cleaner (Like my homemade all-purpose cleaning spray!)
- Barkeepers Friend
Step 1 – Wipe It Out
After emptying out your sink, wipe it out with a cloth and your favorite all-purpose cleaner. This helps ensure that when you’re finished, your sink will be clean and hygienic in addition to looking clean.
Step 2 – Scrub With Barkeepers Friend
Sprinkle some Barkeepers Friend into your sink and scrub with a damp sponge. (Or if you’re using the soft cleanser variety of BKF, squeeze it onto a damp sponge first, then scrub.) Make sure to scrub the sides of your sink in addition to the bottom, and scrub the drain too.
Don’t forget to rinse well after scrubbing anything with Barkeepers Friend! Rinse all the cleaner away, then rinse it a bit more to make sure there isn’t any lingering residue left in your sink. Finally, dry your sink thoroughly with a cloth or paper towels.
Note: If you’re cleaning a porcelain sink, you’re done! Step back and admire your handy work. Stainless steel sink owners, proceed to the Step 3.
Step 3 – Shine With Flour
Double-check that your sink is totally dry, then sprinkle a handful of flour into the sink. Use a dry cloth to buff the flour over the surface of the sink in small, circular motions. Once you’ve buffed the whole sink, wipe out any remaining flour.
Then stand back and check out that shine! Impressive, right? Who would have thought that flour would be the secret to a sparkling clean stainless steel sink? What a world! :-)
How do you keep your kitchen sink looking clean?