Making Your Stainless Shine

Monday, April 15th, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day 14

The Pin!

Although I always thoroughly wipe down my kitchen at the end of the day, I rarely spend time on my kitchen sink. For me, the sink has always been one of those household things that gets dirty way too soon after scrubbing it! Since we were having company over this weekend, I thought that now would be a great time to use a pin that I had seen, on how to get your stainless steel sink to sparkle and shine.

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The Project Process:

Since I’ve been trying to use more natural cleaning products around the house, I loved that this technique only required a few household ingredients that I already had.

Items Needed:

  • Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle
  • Baking Soda
  • Boiling Water
  • Scrubber
  • Paper Towels
  • Olive Oil

To give you a bit of an indication, this is our sink before I got down to work:

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First off, I poured the vinegar into the spray bottle, and sprayed the entire sink with an even coating. Then, I poured a bit of baking soda into my hand, and sprinkled it all over the sink. I found that using my hand made it easier to direct where the baking soda was going, rather than dumping it from the box and risking a large amount of wasted soda.

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Since cleaning with vinegar and baking soda is a new thing for me, I was pleasantly surprised with the bubbling action that kicked off right away! While letting this fizzy concoction sit in my sink for about 10 minutes, I boiled water using my kettle to have it ready for the next step.

Once the 10 minutes was up, I poured the boiling hot water over the the sink to rinse and dissolve any left over baking soda residue. Then, I gave the sink another once-over with vinegar and scrubbed the whole sink with my scrubby. Since I have a lot of ridges around the drain of our sink, I whipped out an old toothbrush that I had laying around, and did my best to clear the grime out (with a little extra vinegar for the tough spots).

Once I had wiped down the whole sink, I wiped it down again using a dry paper towel. This grabs any of the remaining vinegar, and various particles that may be still hanging around.

One of the neatest steps of this tutorial was the olive oil buffing finish! I’d never heard of doing this before, but I’m so glad I found this trick! Using a dry piece of paper towel, apply a small amount of olive oil to a section of your sink. Buff your sink in circular motions, moving from one section of the sink to the next. Not only will you notice your sink starting to shine, but you’ll also notice even more icky sink residue coming off onto your paper towel. I was amazed that even with all my scrubbing, there was still residue to be found! It’s also be said that the olive oil helps to create a barrier on your sink, and helps to make it easier to clean on a daily basis when you’re cleaning up after dinner.

I think I’m going to make this a weekly routine in my household, because a sink this shiny is a beautiful thing!

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