The simplest way to clean a sink, whether it is in your kitchen or bathroom, is to scrub it with a solution of dish detergent formula and warm water. Besides, when cleaning a sink made of non-porous material that resists stains, you may use a solid surface cleaner.

It is best to use a microfiber cloth, soft sponge, paper towel, or non-abrasive scrubbing pad for cleaning. As for the cleaner, you can use soapy water, an all-purpose cleaner, stain removing cleaner, or a specialty cleaner specifically formulated for the type of material your sink is made of. Moreover, you can scrub the sink with baking soda.

How to Clean a Sink

Steps for Cleaning

  1. Empty the sink and rinse it with warm water.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on it and scrub, or use soapy water or any other cleaner of your choice.
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  3. Rinse it off with running water and wipe it with a dry cloth.
  4. Put equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on a clean cloth and clean the sink with this cloth. If you do not like the vinegar smell, rub a fabric softener sheet afterward.
  5. Wipe the sink dry to remove droplets of water left behind after cleaning, thus leaving your sink shiny and sparkling. These droplets of water tend to spot and discolor the sink, especially if it is made of stainless steel material.
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  6. You can clean the edges of the sink with a cotton swab.
  7. In case there are any stubborn items stuck in the basin then put the plug in the sink and fill it with warm water. After a few minutes, remove the plug and let the water drain.
  8. If there are heavy deposits of grease, use warm water and ammonia solution for cleaning.

To clear the drain, put half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Finally, run hot water down the drain after a few minutes. Apart from cleaning, it shall remove the drain odors and leave your sink smelling fresh.


How to Remove Stains and Restore Shine

  • Take half a cup of borax powder in a bowl and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it to make a paste. Rub the stains with this mixture with the help of a sponge and then, rinse it off.
  • A mixture of one parts bleach and two parts baking soda is also considered useful in this regard.
  • Sinks can be cleaned with a combination of three parts cream of tartar and one part hydrogen peroxide, too. Rub this remedy on the stains and remove it with a wet cloth when the mixture dries.
  • Remove streaks and scratches from a stainless steel sink by putting a drop of olive oil or baby oil on a clean cloth and rubbing it on the affected area. Furthermore, you can use stainless steel cleaners and polishers on stainless steel sinks to remove grease and stains.
  • Faucets often develop white spots on the surface due to lime deposits from hard water. To get rid of these ugly spots, use paper towels soaked in distilled white vinegar. You need to wrap these paper towels on the spotted areas, remove them after about 10 minutes, and buff the faucet with a dry paper towel.
  • To remove rust stains, sprinkle salt on half a lemon and rub it on the affected area. Moreover, you can use an oxalic acid cleaner, or a scrub with a combination of equal parts of white vinegar and water.
  • As for the shine, you can soak some paper towels in bleach and line them on a white porcelain enamel sink. Remove them after 30 minutes and wash the sink with running water. If the sink is colored, though, use baking soda or vinegar instead of bleach as it tends to fade the color. You may also consider using a cast iron cleaner containing wax to restore the shine of an enameled cast iron sink.

How to Protect Your Sink from Stains and Scratches

  • To avoid stains and scratches on the surface of your kitchen sink, install a rinse basket or a perforated plastic mat at the bottom. Besides, do not leave tea bags, coffee grounds, salad dressings or other staining and acidic items in the sink for a more than a few minutes, particularly in case of a porcelain enamel sink.
  • Avoid water pools around faucets.
  • Get a water softener system installed to prevent ugly mineral deposits.
  • Do not put metal spray cans like air fresheners, hair sprays, etc. around the sink as they leave metal rings at the bottom, giving rise to rust and stains.
  • Those of you who like a sleek and sophisticated look and despise stains can opt for beautiful tempered glass sink bowls for bathroom countertops and vanities. Besides, under-mount sinks are easy to clean.

Additional Tips

  • After each use, wipe down the sink with convenient cleaning wipes. Do not forget to wipe it dry, or else it shall cause spotting over some time.
  • Scrub the areas around the faucets and other hard to reach areas with a toothbrush.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners such as scouring pads, scouring powders, steel wool, and so on.
  • To keep the sink drains clean, make sure you put hot water down the drain at least once a week. Moreover, from time to time, pour some bleach in the sink and leave it overnight or at least for one hour.
  • In case there is some grease buildup in your kitchen drain then squeeze a right amount of liquid dish detergent in the drain and slowly pour boiling water into the drain to help the grease melt. Thus, the detergent shall dissolve the grease deposits and the hot water shall flush them away.
  • When dealing with clogged sink drain in the bathroom, put a tablespoon of regular table salt in it. Next, pour a quarter cup of plain white vinegar. Let it sit for about an hour. Finally, run hot water down the drain. If the sink drain is still slow, repeat this procedure.
  • For stubborn drain clogs, use a plunger and snake. Here is an article explaining how to clear a clogged drain yourself, using inexpensive tools.