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The Surprising Secret That Will Make Your Sink Shine Like New

Sometimes the best cleaners aren't actually cleaners at all, and this brilliant tip proves it!

Today post is all about stainless steel sinks, but in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I must admit that I don’t actually have a stainless steel sink at home. However, we do have a stainless steel sink in the kitchen at the OGT Studio, and I have enough experience with it to know firsthand just how tricky it can be to keep it looking truly clean.

But today I have a brilliant tip to share with you that makes it much easier! In fact, this tip will not only leave your stainless steel sink looking clean, it’ll be gleaming!

And the process couldn’t be easier. As it turns out, all it takes to shine up a stainless steel sink is a handful of simple supplies (and one of which is likely already in your pantry!)

The Secret To A Shiny Kitchen Sink

The secret to keeping almost any sink clean, stainless steel included, is to give it a good scrub with Bar Keepers Friend every few weeks. Regardless of whether your sink is made from porcelain or stainless steel, using Bar Keepers Friend is the easiest way to remove gunk, grime, and marks of all sorts.

Related: 14 Things You Can Clean With Bar Keepers Friend That Will Amaze You

But for stainless steel sinks specifically, adding one extra step can take your sink from clean to ultra shiny!

As strange as it might sound, that extra step involves flour. Yep, the same flour you use to make your favorite baked goods also happens to be the key to a super shiny stainless steel sink!

Think of it this way—if Bar Keepers Friend is like coarse-grit sandpaper in the way that it scours away messes and marks, then flour is like a fine-grit sandpaper. It’s the last little finishing touch that gives your project a professional looking finish, and you’ll love how it finishes shining your stainless steel sink! Read on to learn how it’s done.

How To Clean And Shine Your Kitchen Sink

You’ll need:

Step 1 – Wipe It Out

After emptying out your sink, wipe it out with a cloth and your favorite all-purpose cleaner. After all, you probably don’t want to shine up a dirty sink!

Step 2 – Scrub With Bar Keepers Friend

Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend into the bottom of your sink and scrub with a damp sponge. (If you’re using the soft cleanser variety of BKF, squeeze it onto a damp sponge first and then scrub.)

Make sure to scrub the sides of your sink in addition to the bottom, and give the the drain a good scrub too.

After scrubbing, rinse out your sink thoroughly. (It’s important to rinse surfaces really well after scrubbing them with Bar Keepers Friend!)

Once you’ve ensured that all the residue has been rinsed away, dry your sink thoroughly with a clean cloth or a paper towel.

Note: If you have a porcelain sink, you’ll be finished at this point, so step back and admire your handy work! If you have a stainless steel sink, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3 – Shine With Flour

After double-checking that your sink is completely dry, sprinkle a handful of flour into the bottom of your sink. Use a dry cloth to buff the flour onto the sides and bottom of the sink using small, circular motions.

Once you’ve buffed the whole sink, wipe out any remaining flour.

Then stand back and admire your handiwork! Impressive, right? Who would have thought that flour of all things would be the secret to a sparkling clean stainless steel sink? What a world. 🙂

How do you keep your kitchen sink looking clean?

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