Shiny Kitchen! See How To Clean A Stainless Steel Sink

Over time most homeowners choose stainless steel finish for their kitchen appliances and even the kettles, the food and thermos flasks or even the kitchen sink. Stainless steel makes a kitchen look amazingly shiny. The main drawback is that it also gets amazingly quickly dirty and full of finger stains. Cleaning stainless steel appliances or cutlery is hopefully pretty easy. But what about the stainless steel sink?

Cleanig the stainless steel sink wearing rubber gloves

A sink is usually covered with mineral deposits, grease, water stains, and many other stubborn stains that cannot be removed by rinsing with running water. Especially if you live in hard water areas, the problem is bigger due to the high levels of mineral content. Thankfully, there’s a way to keep your kitchen clean and shiny without the use of commercial cleaning products containing harsh chemicals. We’re about to share with you the safest and most natural way to clean your sink. Ready to find out how to clean a stainless steel sink

How often do you need to clean a stainless steel sink

You might think that a sink doesn’t need to be cleaned as it is always under water, like the washing machine. However, you need to clean your washing machine and clean it using vinegar or bleach. The same goes with the sink. You should clean and sanitise it regularly as bacteria and other harmful microorganisms grow onto the surface. 

Having said all this, as you can realise, you should clean your sink regularly. Every after use. Especially when raw meat, poultry and anything else dangerous comes in contact with the surface. Otherwise, daily cleaning will be enough to get rid of grime and food particles. But that’s not enough. At least once a month, you need to deep clean your sink to sanitise it and avoid corrosion

How to daily clean a stainless steel sink step-by-step

Cleaning your sink daily is the best way to prevent water minerals build-up. Just dish soap and clean water are enough to keep your sink clean from daily use. However, be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the washing up detergent as it might contain chlorides, which can cause corrosion and water marks. 

Sponges and a microfibre cloth resting on a stainless steel sink are some of the tools someone needs to clean it

Here’s what you need:

  • Dish soap
  • A sponge
  • A microfiber cloth

Then follow the below simple instructions.

Step 1 

Pour some washing up detergent onto the soft side of the sponge and clean up the stainless steel surface following the direction of the grain. To follow the grain, look at the sink from an angle. 

Step 2  

Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry with a clean cloth to prevent limescale. You may also use paper towels to wipe your sink. 

How to deep clean a stainless steel sink step-by-step

For deep cleaning, you don’t need to use special stainless steel cleaners. You can DIY. It’s very simple, and you have all the ingredients already in your cupboards. Guess what! You are going to need vinegar and baking soda. Both of these ingredients are excellent cleaning agents and disinfectants. You can use them to clean stains off your carpet or your mattress, the inside of your oven and microwave, a burnt pan. You can also use them to clean your bathroom tiles and your shower glass.    

a bottle of vinegar next to a jar of baking soda

Let’s see how you can clean your stainless steel kitchen sink in the following step-by-step guide.

Needed materials:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • A spray bottle 
  • A sponge or a soft scrub brush
  • soft cloth
  • A toothbrush
  • Olive oil
  • Rubber gloves

Here are the steps you need to follow in cleaning stainless steel sinks.

Step 1

First, put your gloves on and clean the sink with running warm water. Make sure also to wet the faucet and the surrounding stainless steel countertop. If there are any stuck-on food particles, pour some detergent and rinse with hot water

Step 2 

A person wearing orange rubber gloves cleans the stainless sink sink with baking soda and a sponge

Next, sprinkle baking soda to cover all the surfaces. Bicarbonate soda is so gentle that it won’t scratch your sink and is so tough at the same time to deal with grime and water deposits. As a plus, soda can remove odours, as stainless steel cleaners do. 

Step 3

Then, using the hard side of a sponge or a soft scrub brush, rub the magic white powder following the grain direction. Don’t use steel wool, scouring pads, steel brushes or any other abrasive cleaners, as you’ll probably scratch the steel and leave metal particles that are prone to rust. If there are any hard-to-reach areas, such as the drain, use a toothbrush.

Step 4

Before rinsing, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz the soda residue. As soon as these two ingredients contact each other, they’ll start to fizz. Allow the powerful combo to do its magic and then rinse again or use a damp cloth.  

NOTE: If you don’t have vinegar, lemon juice can also work well. Lemon, due to its similarity to vinegar acidity, is also a great remover!

Step 5

After washing the sink, you need to dry it immediately with a soft dry cloth to avoid further water spots

Step 6

Finally, it’s buffing time. Once you have dried your sink, pour a few drops of olive oil into a lint-free cloth and buff the sink. Oil will bring back the lost sparkling shine to your sink.

Extra tip: Instead of oil, you can use flour to buff the sink. Again, after you have cleaned and dried the sink, sprinkle some flour into it and rub it with paper towels or a cloth. Just remember! When you finish, don’t rinse the flour as it’s going to clog the drain. Just wipe the flour out of the sink, 

How to remove stains from a stainless sink

You can clean stainless steel sinks from any persisting stains by using dishwashing liquid and baking soda. Form a paste of these two ingredients and rub the stain with a soft cloth. Then rinse thoroughly with running water to remove all traces of baking soda and dry the surface very well. 

Extra tips for maintaining a clean sink

To maintain your sink clean and avoid frequent deep cleaning, there are some DOs and DONTs. Follow our below tips and keep your sink in pristine condition!


  • Always wipe dry the sink after each use to prevent water spots.
  • If you live in a hard water area, clean limescale from your sink every few days.


  • Avoid using bleach as it can stain stainless steel surfaces.  
  • Never use steel wool and brushes and any other abrasive materials to rub stainless steel as you end up having a sink full of scratches. 

A stainless steel sink on a black background

Cleaning your stainless steel sink shouldn’t bother you anymore. You only need some white vinegar and baking soda, and we promise you’ll have a sparkling sink. Follow the cleaning methods and the extra tips, and we can tell for sure that your sink will look brand new again and for years to come. Next cleaning project: Learn how to clean your ceramic sink like a pro!

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