The most effective way to clean a white enamel sink so that it looks like new! This method has worked amazingly well even on my very stained sink, complete with rust spots.
I want to start out by saying that I always try and find a natural and chemical free way to clean everything in my home. And this sink was no exception. I followed several tutorials I found on Pinterest and was left with a dingy , stained sink.
Because we don’t have a dishwasher and we go through A LOT of dishes in a day, this sink isn’t just a pretty face! We soak dishes in her, the water gets dirty and she sadly, gets very stained between cleanings! Not to mention I found her used on Facebook Marketplace.
So, all that to say, I need an effective way to clean our white sink, even if that involves scrubbing it down with chemicals. I know, its not my favorite thing to admit.
What Products I Have Tried
First off, I made a mixture of baking soda and dawn dish soap, scrubbed it in and let it sit. I rinsed it off and it really did make the faucet shine! But the white sink base still looked pretty stained.
Next, I tried one of my very favorite cleaners, Young Living Thieves Cleaner. Same results. I still love Thieves for general cleaning, but it just wasn’t enough for this sink.
Now, I hadn’t bought a bottle of bleach in years (I tend to drip it on whatever I’m wearing: accident prone). So I tried Bar Keeper’s Friend first and had amazing results! The stains were almost gone, even the rust spots and black streaks had almost disappeared! I was sold!
Next time I cleaned the sink, I decided to give bleach a second chance. I rubbed a bit on the sink after rinsing off the Bar Keeper’s Friend and that really brightened it and made it look brand spanking new! And you know what, I didn’t get a single drop on my clothes!
What Do You Need To Clean a White Kitchen Sink?
- Blue Dawn Dish Soap
- Bar Keeper’s Friend
How Often Should You Deep Clean Your White Enamel Sink?
Honestly, as often as you want to! I have it in my whole home cleaning routine once every 6 weeks. Does it get dirty looking between times? Of course! But that’s because it gets a lot of use. But my motto when it comes to cleaning our house is, its ok if it gets dirty, as long as we have a plan to clean everything in a certain amount of time.
I still go over it quickly with soap and water each night before bed, but I tackle that really deep clean every 6 weeks.
How Do You Clean a White Enamel Sink?
- Sprinkle a few Tablespoons of Bar Keeper’s Friend powder in each side of the sink.
- Add enough white vinegar to make a paste.
- Scrub this mixture all over the sink and rinse.
- Rub the whole sink down with a small amount of bleach and quickly rinse.
A Few Tips
- Don’t overdo the bleach! I went overboard with it one time and ended up with a sore throat from inhaling it! Just rub a bit over the whole sink and rinse it off right away.
- Its a good idea to do it when you can have the windows open, or at least, after the kids are in bed. That bleach smell is pretty nasty!
- Wear gloves! These products are not good to get on your skin.
- If your sink is brand new and you are just looking for a general maintenance cleaning, Thieves cleaner mixed with baking soda should do the trick! The method I’m sharing in this post is for sinks that are needing a deep clean.