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How To Clean A Stainless Steel Sink

We get a lot of questions from people who are confused about how to clean a stainless steel kitchen sink or other stainless steel sink and what products to use to clean it. It can seem confusing and daunting, but is really pretty simple. Join us for this easy step by step demonstration of several methods you can use, including a natural, non-chemical method.

Here is the outline of things we discuss in this garage sale video:

Introduction to stainless steel and why I prefer stainless steel sinks.

1:03 I’m going to give you 2 methods — 1) Comet cleanser and 2) baking soda and vinegar. You can also use a great product called Bar Keeper’s Friend, but I don’t demonstrate it in this video.

1:08 Comet cleanser – I use just regular Comet. It doesn’t scratch your sink if you make a paste with water. I like it because it has a little bit of bleach in it and disinfects well.

1:20 The other method is baking soda and vinegar. It’s a good alternative if you don’t want to use Comet.

1:31 The only thing I don’t like about it is that the vinegar does not disinfect as well as bleach, despite all the rumors going around the Internet. Read about using vinegar or bleach to disinfect here:

2:07 I use the washrag I had already been using to clean dishes to clean my sink because I’m getting ready to toss it in the laundry.

2:26 I start by cleaning the soap off the outside of my soap bottle. This also helps me use the soap on the rag to start cleaning.

2:50 First, I wipe down the sink to get it wet.

3:54 Cleaning with Comet (If you use products with bleach, rinse immediately because bleach can pit your sink if let it sit.) Bar Keeper’s Friend is another good cleanser, which does not contain bleach, so it will not harm the stainless steel.

4:50 Rinse

5:25 After you’re done cleaning the sink, wipe down the counters.

5:33 Then, after you’re done cleaning, dry the counters and the sink. This is what makes it look shiny and extra clean.

6:19 Demonstrating cleaning with baking soda and vinegar.

7:30 Baking soda and vinegar makes a great drain opener. You can get the recipe here;

7:50 Rinse

8:26 Grab a towel and dry the sink and counters

9:00 If you want to add an extra polish to your sink, you can also wipe it down with mineral oil or olive oil.

9:20 Let us know your ideas

9:56 Sign our son put on the light/disposal switches

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L L says:

That’s awesome.. may I know what kind of rug u use for cleaning

Rashu V says:

I think we should not use same cloth to wash counter and sink.
use different cloth, to avoid cross contanimation

Angel Grubb says:

I prefer to use a sponge, but I wet it, then microwave it for 2 minutes to kill any germs. Clean, germ free sponge every time!

Sandy D'Entremont says:

I feel very motivated to go clean my sink right now. Thank you! I would add an essential oil to the baking soda and vinegar which would give it the uumph it needs to kill all the germs and make it just as effective as the bleach. 🙂

Lynne Graner says:

I’ve used dry/wet sandpaper to remove some scratches and water spots from my stainless steel sink as well as my stainless steel pots.  It just takes a small piece of lightly rubbing.

Sharon Beckmon says:

Use Bar Keepers Friend is the greatest product to use for stainless steel of any kind. Use gloves .Makes old products look like new. Use on items bought second hand–makes them usable again.

sana firoz says:

I think rubbing a lemon would work… what do u think ???

Carol Binnie says:

Ma southern best pal says purty also. She thinks my Scots accent is funny as well 😛 😀

cookiecookie175 says:

Very large sink i have not ever seen!

chani2801 says:

Hii , Could you please make a video on how to clean the kitchen drain as well ?Thank u

iDanica8D says:

I organize my dirty dishes on the counter haha

PJ D says:

Fill up your sink with warm to hot water, pour in some Clorox and let sit for 10 minutes, and you can throw your wash cloth in there too and then pull the plug, rinse, and rinse the washcloth!

Labinot Elshani says:

Try Clorox bleach

Roberta Gerth says:

have you tried “bar keepers friend”? it’s citric acid based scouring powder. Also Zud cleanser is great, by far better than Comet.

momof2 says:

I have a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol. I use it to clean and disinfect pretty much everything. I haven’t found anything I can’t use it on. It’s especially great in the bathroom and in the kitchen. I spray my sponge and brush with it to keep them disinfected. Cheap, works, and I love the smell of it, even tho the smell does dissipate .

trafficiskey says:

Hello! nice video and thank you for showing me how to clean a stainless steel sink, but I like to share some tips that might can help you as well. Make sure you clean the little faucets more and also to make your rag more cleaner, which my mom taught me this, rub it more to make it come cleaner after you use it a few times and even before you throw the rag into the washer if you will. I hope I was able to help as well.

Sandy Kropp says:

You sound just like my cousins. They too say Warsh rags instead of wash. It must be a mid west thing.

Prymo Berkovitz says:

good morning! try aluminium foil for the stain.jast rube it with the baking soda before cleaning the whole sink.
chip toothpaste works as well!

Diana M. Smith says:

I always use a dish cloth. Sponges leave marks after you wipe across a surface.
Another good idea is Clorox wipes. They never leave streak marks and they sanitize.

Bonnie Lipke says:

You didn’t discuss the difference between comet and the baking soda

Missy B. says:

I use an old toothbrush to clean that ring around the drain.

Ronda Witt says:

If baking soda does not remove the stains then nothing will.   What you have is a chemical change (if you know your chemisty) and chemical changes are irreversible. just like deadly diseases, the organ is irreversible.  New sink?

Kathy W. says:

Good job Tawra 😉 It’s the same as my house. My sink is only clean and empty for maybe a few minutes before someone comes along and puts a dish in it. My 17 yo son also has his bedroom directly below the kitchen sink w/garbage disposal. I’m sure he’d agree with your son’s note. Too funny. I also love the look of your soap pump dispenser. So clean looking, can be used for washing dishes or hands, and harder for kids to waste it. 😉

aida bach says:

i wipe my sink almost every day. i do dishes in the sink too. with hot water, usually. so it feels “good enough” when i wipe it off at the end or beginning of the day.

Megan O'Hara says:

I like how she says “warsh”. 🙂

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