How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

With a few household items, you can clean and polish a stainless steel sink.


With a few household items, you can clean and polish a stainless steel sink.

Tools Required

  1. Cloth for cleaning
  2. Sponge that is soft
  3. Bottle for spraying

Materials Required

  1. Soda baking
  2. Lime or lemon
  3. Oil of olives
  4. The vinegar

Keeping company with dusting the baseboards and vacuuming under the bed, cleaning the kitchen sink often falls into the category of forgotten chores. Shining up your stainless steel sink is actually easier than you think. All you’ll need are a few household ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Find out how to clean a stainless steel sink step-by-step below.

Empty and Rinse the Sink

The first step is to empty the sink completely (including any rubber mats or metal sink grids). If you have a faucet sprayer, use it to rinse the sink thoroughly with hot water.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over the damp sink. Make sure to cover the sides of the sink with baking soda as well.

Scrub the Sink

Scrub the sink with baking soda using a wet sponge or cleaning cloth. You should scrub the stainless steel in the direction of the grain, paying close attention to any areas that are stained or have stuck-on grime. If necessary, add a little more water. Baking soda and water will form a paste as you scrub the sink. In addition to being an abrasive cleaner, baking soda is gentle enough not to scratch stainless steel.

Using a Lemon, Scrub Again

Slice a lemon in half and use the lemon halves to scrub the sink again with the baking soda paste. Lemon juice (and lime juice!) contain high acid levels that can help fight bacteria and freshen your sink.


Water should be used to rinse away the baking soda paste and lemon juice. To clean and freshen lemon halves, run them through the garbage disposal.

Vinegar for Water Spots

Spray the entire sink with vinegar using a spray bottle. Buff the vinegar into the sink with a clean cloth, the vinegar works as a natural disinfectant and stain remover.

Dry and Shine with Olive Oil

Lastly, dry the sink with a dry cloth, removing any remaining water or vinegar. Use olive oil to really enhance the shine. Using a dry cloth, rub a small amount onto the sink in the direction of the grain. Admire your gleaming sink after wiping off any access oil.

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