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.
Are White Sinks Hard To Keep Clean?
White sinks are classic and add a lot of character to your home. BUT, they do require more maintenance to keep them looking pretty.
It only takes a couple of common household products and a little time now and then to get a white kitchen sink looking like new. Bar Keeper’s Friend, white vinegar and Dawn dish soap, followed by a bit of bleach will get the job done.
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 Enamel Kitchen Sink?
- Blue Dawn Dish Soap – I like to get this kind of dawn dish soap since it seems to do the best job washing dishes and cleaning the sink. I also use it in my homemade laundry stain remover.
- Bar Keeper’s Friend – bar keepers friend is really great at getting tough stains out without scratching the surface you’re using it on. This article lists other surprising uses for this powerful product!
- Bleach – just plain old bleach will work. Bleach really takes the sink back to original shiny white again. Wipe a small amount of bleach on your sink after rinsing away the bar keepers friend and dish soap and prepare to be amazed!
- White Vinegar – just regular old vinegar is one of my favorite all-purpose cleaners! Its literally good for almost everything. Vinegar helps clean and polish without leaving streaks.
- A Scrubby – the kind you scrub dishes with will do just fine.
If you have an electric stove top, you have to check out how I get mine cleaned in minutes!
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, vinegar and water each night before bed, but I tackle that really deep clean every 6 weeks. (read more about my cleaning routine)
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 blue Dawn dish soap 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.
- Rub the faucet all over with a wet rag and white vinegar.
- Lastly, dry the faucet and edges of the sink with a dry towel.
- 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.
- Keep the room ventilated – 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.
- For a brand new sink – if your sink is brand new and you are just looking for a general maintenance cleaning, following the steps below might be all you need to keep it looking good as new.
How Do I Clean My White Kitchen Sink Everyday?
- Start by rinsing the sink down completely, removing anything that is stuck in the drain.
- Squirt a little Dawn dish soap on a sponge or scrubby.
- Scrub the sides and bottom of the sink, and in and around the drains.
- Rinse the soap off.
- Using a wet rag, rub the sink and faucet all over with white vinegar.
- Lastly, go over the faucet and edges of the sink with a dry towel.
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