This post has great tips for how to clean a porcelain sink using simple products like baking soda, vinegar, and Bar Keeper's Friend. Learn how to remove really stubborn stains in a kitchen sink!
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I'm excited to start a new little series on my blog today! I get questions from readers all the time about exactly how I clean certain parts of our home. I gave you a complete cleaning schedule with Journey to Clean, but I really haven't broken down exactly how I do the cleaning tasks in my book. I thought we'd start fixing that today!
Today, we're starting with the sink. This is a part of the home that gets dirty incredibly quickly if it's not kept in check. I have a sink deep cleaning task on the calendar each month in Journey to Clean, but I'm a big believer in giving it a quick clean with your dish sponge every time you do dishes as well. That goes a long way in keeping the sink clean in between monthly deep cleanings. Simply get the whole sink wet and give it a good scrub each time you do the nightly tasks in Journey to Clean! (We use these sponges for dishes and love them for both dishes and sink cleaning – they're so durable and can break up just about any kind of gunk imaginable.)
But, even with those nightly scrubs, you're still going to have some deep cleaning to do every now and then. So, when kitchen week rolls around on my cleaning schedule, this is how I really get our porcelain sink clean and shiny!
(Sidenote: I get questions all the time about our sink – it's an Ikea Domjso sink and I absolutely love it, but it was discontinued shortly after we bought it. I'm so sad – it was such a great product!)
First thing's first – get your whole sink wet with your sprayer. (This is our faucet…it's great! It has an adjustable spray nozzle and the sprayer comes right out as needed.)
Then, I add my absolute secret weapon to getting all of the gunk off and making the porcelain shine – baking soda. (This is the container from our pantry – you can see how I made these labels here.)
You'll want to sprinkle a layer on every surface, including the back drying rack if you have one and down the drains (to freshen up any smells).
Then, use a spray bottle of half vinegar/half water and wet down all of the baking soda. This will fizz a little, which seems to help break up everything. Allow this to set for 5 minutes or so.
After it's set, use a melamine sponge to scrub down everything, including the drains. (I know this sponge looks TERRIBLE – I promise I threw this one away after this use! 🙂 I get them from here for much cheaper than you get the name-brand ones.)
Also make sure you scrub the bottom of your faucet – you wouldn't believe how much nastiness builds up there.
Spray everything down and make sure you got all of the dirty porcelain surfaces as clean as possible, rescrubbing after rinsing as needed. Next, you'll want to look around your sink for really built-in scratches. (My Instant Pot is notorious for leaving these.) No matter how much you scrub with a sponge and baking soda, these won't come out!
That's where this magic potion comes in. Bar Keeper's Friend was actually recommended on a Instant Pot Facebook group I'm in forever ago for getting your inner pot clean, but I use it for getting those really stubborn scratches out of porcelain.
Just sprinkle a little on your scratches and really rub it in with your melamine sponge. The scratches should come out really easily.
And, that easily, you have a sparkly, pretty, clean sink – at least for a few hours! 🙂
It really is as simple as that. By doing a little bit of daily maintenance and taking maybe 10-15 minutes out of your schedule once a month, you can make your porcelain sink shine too!
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