How to clean a stainless steel sink

We show you how to clean a stainless steel sink quickly, easily and without the use of commercial cleaning products

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Want to know how to clean a stainless steel sink with minimum effort? It's simple, quick, cheap. All you really need is some trusty baking soda and a bottle of white vinegar – and less than five minutes of your time. And then you can treat yourself to a nice sit down in the garden with a glass of wine...you've earned it.

For our guide to cleaning all things stainless steel, from hobs to saucepans, take a look at our guide to cleaning stainless steel.

To clean stainless steel you will need:

How to clean a stainless steel sink

Use this expert step by step for best results when cleaning a stainless steel sink.

1. Rinse the sink out

First pop on some rubber gloves and remove any food debris from the plughole. Then rinse the sink with clean, warm water from the tap.

2. Sprinkle bicarb all over

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over the entire sink including the taps. This is a great stainless steel cleaner as it’s abrasive enough to scrub away stuck on grease, food and lime scale, but not so abrasive it will scratch the shiny steel.

3. Work the solution in to the sink

Wipe the cloth around the sink. Get into the corners and around the taps, using an old toothbrush if necessary. Make sure you don’t scratch the stainless steel sink by using a damp, soft cloth instead of a scourer.

4. Have a quick drink

Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes while it does its work. You can put your feet up for this bit.

5. Spray with white vinegar

Spray undiluted white vinegar over the bicarbonate of soda residue left in the sink. The vinegar and soda will fizz when they come into contact with each other. Vinegar is a good disinfectant and great for removing water spots. 

6. Give it a final rinse

Once the sink’s looking clean, rinse using warm water from the tap and buff dry with a soft, clean rag.

7. Apply a little oil for a gleaming sink

If your sink isn’t shiny enough, you can polish it by buffing oil into it using a dry cloth.

Top tip: Sparkling water can be used to renew the shine in your sink. Simply pour sparkling water into the basin and rub around with a clean cloth.

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