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How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Sink

How to Clean Your Stainless-Steel Sink Using Safe Products You Already Have

You probably don't think too much about cleaning your sink, but it should be on your list of household chores. You can make it shine like new for almost nothing using products you probably already have — plus, there's no scrubbing involved with this quick cleaning method. Here's how to safely buff your way to a fresh and sparkling stainless-steel sink that will stay that way for weeks.

What You'll Need to Clean Your Sink

  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon or orange peel
  • Olive oil
  • Paper towel

How to Clean Your Sink

  1. Give your sink a quick wash and rinse, removing all dishes and any food bits from the drain. Then sprinkle the entire sink with baking soda and use a soft sponge, working in a circular movement, to scrub the basin. Baking soda softly cleans without scratching stainless steel.

  1. Rinse the sink with vinegar, which will bubble and fizz. Vinegar naturally disinfects while helping remove hard water stains from your stainless steel sink. Then lightly rub with the sponge and rinse the sink with water. You can also drop a garbage disposal refreshing bomb down the drain to keep the entire sink smelling fresh.
  2. Put lemon or orange peel to good use, and rub the entire sink basin with a section of peel, rubbing the skin against the stainless steel, which helps deodorize the sink while helping the basin keep its new shine.

  1. Finish by buffing with a paper towel and a touch of olive oil. Your sink will stay wonderfully shiny for several weeks before needing a refresher.

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