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 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!
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.
- 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, 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.