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, read more
- Take all the dishes out of the sink.
- 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).
- Rinse your sink well.
- Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or baking soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse all of the cleanser from the sink.
- Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.
- Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.
- Now, get out your window cleaner, I use Windex, and give it a good shine.
- If you still don't like the way it looks, then you could try some car wax.
- 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.