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How to get rid of unsightly sink stains

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Our sinks take such abuse!  And stains love to stick to our sinks.  Many of the stains are due to hard water and those are hard to remove.  They also get “scuff” marks from large pots, pans and cookware.

Porcelain sinks do well with cleanser unless you have a stubborn stain that refuses to leave!  And with age – cleanser doesn’t do the trick anymore.

Try the hot water and bleach soak.  After scrubbing your sink with cleanser, rinse thoroughly and plug the sink.  If you have to use a rubber stopper to keep the water in the sink – fine.  Fill your sink with hot water and pour in a cup of bleach.  Let sit for 3 minutes.  If you have a dish drain in your sink – soak that too – it won’t hurt at all.  Toss your dish cloths in as well – all stains come out and they look like new again.  You can even soak your dish towels that are dingy looking or stained.  While you’re at it – grab the dish cloth and wipe down your kitchen counters to kill any bacteria.  Your sinks and countertops will be disinfected.   Empty the sink and rinse well, rinse the dish cloths and/or towels.  Allow to dry.

Stainless steel sinks can easily be cleaned with a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda.  Just make a paste and rub in with a soft cloth so  you don’t scratch the surface.

If you are making a favorite dish that calls for fresh squeezed lemon, save the squeezed half lemon to pass over any stains in your sink.  Grapefruit works extremely well, is larger to work with than a lemon and is very acidic!  Cut in half, place cut side down and rub the stains out using circular motions.  If you have sensitive skin, you may have to wear rubber gloves because of the acid in the citrus.  Rinse thoroughly with cold water and dry.  If white spots still show after you have dried the sink, put a small amount of olive oil on a soft cloth and rub into the spits in the sink.

If you want to keep your stainless steel sink shiny and keep it protected, place olive oil on a soft cloth and shine it up.

Tips for removing stains:

For older sinks and tubs, there is a product called “The Works” that will work pretty good.

A scouring pad or a brillo pad will work on many stains.

White vinegar is a good cleaner.

Sometimes a toilet bowl cleaner can be used for the rust stains and tough stains in the sink or tub.

Lime Away is another good product to use.

Fill you sink with water and drop in a couple denture tablets.

If you like to scrub stains away, there are pumice-type scrubbers in the stores you can buy.  These won’t scratch the finish on your sink or tub.
If you run out of cleanser, use baking powder.  Another excellent cleaning product.

Keep old toothbrushes to scrub stains out.  They are also good to use to clean around the faucets.


Written by Editor

June 5th, 2009 at 7:13 pm