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We take our sinks for granted, filling them up to the brim with things we need to clean later, but an inaccessible sink is a big problem when we need it. Much of what we clean in our house is affected by our sinks, but how do we keep them clean?
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5-10 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Gather supplies.

    It doesn't take much to keep a sink clean in the way of tools, but having a couple of good microfiber cloths, a great all purpose cleaner, and any specialty cleaners you may need will make all the difference.

  2. Clean out unwanted items.

    If your sink is full of dirty dishes, clothes that are soaking, or an armada of toy boats, they need to go. Sinks tend to be an open invitation to fill them up, so you may need to take a moment to clean out any unwanted items.

  3. Scrub or clean thoroughly.

    And now we are ready for the important part, actually cleaning the sink. If your sink has caked on toothpaste, or food, you may need a little bit of elbow grease. You can always put the plug in the sink and fill it with hot water to help loosen any stuck on items. Next, it's time to wipe the sink down. A good all-purpose cleaner that is safe for your sink type is your best first step. Baking soda is a great cleaner because it helps with sink and drain odors as well. Rinse thoroughly.

  4. Apply any special cleansers.

    If you have a specialty cleaner you like to use, now is the time to apply it. Make sure to follow the directions printed on your cleaner and rinse thoroughly.

  5. Wipe the sink dry.

    This is especially important with stainless steel sinks, because droplets of water left on the stainless steel will actually spot and discolor the sink. Drying and buffing your sink will leave it sparkling and beautiful.

  6. Maintain the sink.

    To keep your sink in tip top shape, give it a quick wipe down after each use. Convenient cleaning wipes and paper towels can be useful for quick maintenance, or keep a couple of microfiber cloths nearby to keep the sink clean and ready to use.

  7. Remove sink stains.

    On Stainless Steel Sinks: Look for specialty stainless steel cleaners and test first in a hidden area.

    On Vitreous and Porcelain: Warm water and vinegar can handle lightly stained areas. More difficult stains may require retail limescale removers.


  1. Standing water on a stainless steel sink will cause spotting. Wipe the sink dry after each use to prevent this.
  2. Abrasive cleaners including scouring powders are not recommended for acrylic, fiberglass, stainless steel, or marble fixtures.
  3. Vitreous and porcelain sinks can stand a little scouring powder without being damaged unless the surface is pitted and/or damaged.
  4. It's a good idea to test cleaning solutions in a hidden spot to make sure they won't stain or damage the finish of your sink.

What You Need

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Special surface cleaners
  • Stain removing cleaners (optional)
  • Cleaning wipes (optional)
  • Paper towels (optional)
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