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Make Your Kitchen Sink Super-Shiny

We use our kitchen sink for so many things — washing dishes, defrosting dinner, maybe even bathing pets — so it's no surprise that the once-gleaming fixtures are tough to keep clean after a while. In my opinion, a dingy, scuffed kitchen sink can really make a kitchen look dirty, so I can't wait to try these tips from the fun housekeeping site FlyLady on how to clean your sink until it gleams.

I've excerpted the most crucial steps in FlyLady's process, which she says you should use in full just once, the first time you shine your sink. She also has some good pointers on how to keep it clean over time. I find that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders in getting the dark scuffs from silverware off of my white sink; what are your secrets?

To see FlyLady's Shiny Sink 101 tutorial,

  1. Take all the dishes out of the sink.
  2. Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Only do one side at a time. Then, pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for 1 hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you don't have tongs, then scoop some of the water out of the sink into the other sink and use your hand to pull the plug (wear gloves and don't get the bleach-water on your clothes).
  3. Rinse your sink well.
  4. Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or baking soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse all of the cleanser from the sink.
  5. Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.
  6. Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.
  7. Now, get out your window cleaner, I use Windex, and give it a good shine.
  8. If you still don't like the way it looks, then you could try some car wax.
  9. Every time you run water in your sink, take your clean dishtowel and dry it out (I lay out a clean one, every night with my before bedtime routine). Before you know it, you will be doing this every time you leave your kitchen. The rest of the family will too. No more water spots. You will have a clean and shiny sink.


Join The Conversation
Neural Neural 9 years
My grandmother wipes out her sink every time she runs water. I always thought that was crazy. I can't see myself doing that with a 19 month old. I barely find time to do the dishes every 2-3 days.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
i need to get me a magic eraser! we also need a new dish rack. the one we have has weird silver looking stuff on the bottom of it, i think from the dishes rubbing against it. that can't be good, can it?
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 9 years
very very cool i will try i dont know how diligent i'll be, but cool
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
cool! i'll have to try this one out!
ducks ducks 9 years
I use kosher salt or baking soda for scrubbing and vinegar and water for everything else. The Flylady is cool though. Who doesn't love a clean house? :0)
kdupps kdupps 9 years
I too love the Magic Eraser, and it's a godsend for my stove. For the sink (and the bath tub), I use Soft Scrub. Slightly dilute it, enough to spread it evenly on the surface, and let it sit until you remember to wipe it off. Works every time!
mazhalai mazhalai 9 years
i love flylady but crash and burn everytime i try to fly
amanda02215 amanda02215 9 years
i couldn't live without the magic eraser!
BoomBoom22 BoomBoom22 9 years
I'm going to have to give this sink cleaning thing a try. I'm a very obsessive cleaner I must say, lol. I have a stianless steel sink and it gets, well, dull, to say the least. Thanks for the great tips!
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i LOVE magic eraser, it cleans EVERYTHING. especially the soap scum and nasty stuff in the tub and the handle of the fridge and freezer, its AMAZING. my favorite cleaning "gadget" if you can call it that.
piesecki piesecki 9 years
Clearly I am just not house proud enough, because I really can't see myself getting the time/being bothered enough to do this! I'm pretty proud of myself when I remember to clean out the oven ;)
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
I use comet and scrub it till it shines, that or pour bleach all over it and let it sit then scrub it all up. I love getting my sink shiny
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