Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Stainless Steel Sink Shine Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Stainless Steel Sink Shine

A stainless steel sink is one of the more durable and attractive types of sinks you can have in your home. Even though the name “stainless” is applied to this type of sink, the steel in these sinks can actually become stained. The sink can rust and can become dull in appearance. Just like anything in your home, your sink needs to be maintained and shined on a regular basis if it is to look its best.

Maintaining a shiny, clean, stainless steel sink is simple and can be done inexpensively by using a little TLC and a few simple household products that you most likely already have in your home.

Baking Soda

One of the best products to shine your sink with is baking soda. Simply mix baking soda with water to form a paste, then apply the paste to a wash cloth or directly onto the surface of your sink. Now, gently rub the paste on your sink, and rinse with water. You will have a shiny, clean sink. If you see any remaining scratches, use a fine steel wool pad to gently buff out these scratches.


Who would ever think of using flour to make a sink shine? However, the truth is, flour is an effective sink polisher. With just a few large spoonfuls of flour in your sink and a small amount of elbow grease, you can shine your sink. Again, the use of a wet cloth or sponge and some gentle rubbing with the flour on the sink's surface will produce a nice shine. Then, rinse with clean, cool water.

Club Soda

Club soda isn’t just for drinking. It also makes a great stainless steel sink polish, simply by putting the stopper securely in your drain, pouring club soda into the sink, dipping your cloth or sponge into the club soda, then using it to clean the sink. When the soda is drained from the sink, you can use a dry cloth to dry and shine the sink.

Baby Oil

Just as flour can be used for other projects in addition to making cakes and cookies, baby oil can be used for multiple purposes. By applying it to a clean cloth and spreading it on your sink's surface, it can be effective in making your sink shine.

Water Spots

Water spots will prevent your stainless steel from looking its best. White distilled vinegar, one of the best home cleaning products, is a sure way to remove these water spots. A cloth or sponge dipped in vinegar and used to wipe your sink will make water spots disappear, and your sink will look like new.

 Rust Stains

No matter how shiny your sink may look, if it has acquired rust stains, it won’t look its best. Rust can easily be removed with a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts cream of tartar. Once you have applied the mixture to the rust spots, they will need sit for a about ten minutes. A wet dishcloth or sponge and some gently buffing will remove these rust spots.

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