Keeper of The Home: Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Sink

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As you all probably know we moved into a smaller cozier, older home. This home is indeed very cozy.

As I’ve said in other posts I believe that part of being a Keeper of the Home is taking care of what you have. Sometimes we want newer things but there is really no reason to replace things that are working just fine. Even if you do replace them you will need to provide general maintenance and upkeep on your items to keep them looking nice and in working order.

I have several things that I do every week, some of them out of necessity because a large family creates large messes, and others just because I like to keep things neat and shiny. One thing that I like is a shiny sink. It may sound silly but it makes me feel really good to walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning and find it clean with a happy shiny sink. If the sink is dirty and full of dishes it will dampen my mood instantly.

Cleaning the sink is fairly simple and once you clean it and establish a routine of wiping it out after using it and keeping the dishes washed up you will find it is a very simple routine.

You will need:

  • Your favorite powder cleaner like Comet or
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Scrub sponge
  • old toothbrush (optional)
  • Brillo (optional)
  • Elbow Grease (maybe)


This is my sink before I started. It doesn’t look too bad and it looks a lot better than it did when we first moved in. It had paint and stains all over it but a little elbow grease took care of it. Weekly cleanings have also helped it a lot.

You may not see it in the picture but there are a lot of water spots on the sink which I am not crazy about and I have been trying different methods to get rid of them. I will update this post if I find something that really works.

First you should give the sink a good rinse out.


Next you can sprinkle it with your cleaner or make a paste with the baking soda and vinegar to rub on the sink.


Let that sit at least 5-10 minutes, longer if you want, then grab your scrub sponge and elbow grease. (You may want to use gloves for this as well.)


Now scrub, and use a Brillo for the hard parts, You can use a toothbrush to get around the edges and the faucet.

Rinse and dry. Use your drying rag to get everything nice and shiny.


I scrubbed my dish pan out as well and I replaced my dish rag with a clean one.


This may take a bit of scrubbing to get it clean the first time but it will be well worth the effort. Now you just need to remember to wipe it out after you use and and try to keep the dishes washed up. We don’t have a dishwasher in this house so our sink gets lots of use and that means it needs a bit more upkeep to make sure it stays clean.

The water spots are still there but I am trying to ignore them until I can find something to get rid of them once and for all.

You may have noticed that we do have a nice shiny faucet. That happened last week, I think, out of necessity. I did want a new faucet however I was waiting until we got some other projects caught up around here. We knew we had a small leak in the old faucet but the small leak suddenly turned into a big leak and had to be replaced.

While replacing the faucet we were also able to replace the water supply lines and hook them up correctly as they had been backwards before. While the area under the sink was cleared out we also got the icemaker to the refrigerator hooked up. Yay! I’m not hard to please at all and simple things make me happy.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be done perfectly and that it will get better every time you clean it!

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Start Date: Jul 19 , 2013
End Date: Ongoing
Type: Evergreen
Categories: Kitchen & Housewares

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