How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

This weekend, I did a little updating in the kitchen.  I opened up some of my cabinets and painted inside, and I love it!  Any time I change things up or redecorate anything, I start looking a little more closely at the surroundings.  The last time I updated my kitchen, it sparked my posts on How To Clean Between The Glass On Your Oven Doors and How To Clean Your Ceramic Stovetop.  In this case, the cabinets that I painted surrounded my kitchen sink.  Ummm…yuck is all I can say.  Apparently, it had been a long time since I had given my sink a good cleaning.  So, I decided I better clean my stainless steel sink thoroughly, and give it some shine!
I hate to share the grossness with you, but I’m about keepin’ it real, so here is the down and dirty of it…my gross kitchen sink…
And the crusty faucet.  Yep, gross!  Who even knows what that is…food?  Lime build up?  Whatever it is, I must have chosen not to see it until now.  Shameful.
Let’s get her all cleaned up!
I started by spraying water over the entire sink and faucet.
Next, I sprinkled Barkeeper’s Friend over all of it.  I first heard about this product while watching Martha Stewart years ago.  It’s really inexpensive, and can be found in the cleaning section of most stores.  It has a strange smell, but it’s amazing, and it won’t scratch up your sink!
Now get to scrubbing.  Scrub every inch of the sink.  The Barkeeper’s Friend will pull up all of the lime and food build up and even the stuff you can’t see.
Now, rinse the surfaces, and wipe clean with paper towels or a soft cloth.  I use paper towels because I don’t want to ruin my bar mops.  See all of the blackness?  That’s the stuff you don’t notice that is all over your sink…the Barkeeper’s Friend helps pull it up.
Once I have wiped my sink clean, I usually spray it with some window cleaner and wipe it down one last time…now my sink is super clean!!!
Looking for more cleaning tips?  You may enjoy my post on How To Clean In Between The Glass On Your Oven Doors or you can click the pic below for all of them!

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  1. says

    I’ve never heard of Barkeeper’s Friend. I’m going to look for it next time I go shopping. I just realized that we have the same green kitchen counter top. Not that I don’t like it, it’s time for a change. We’re thinking of doing tile. I think we may even have the same toaster…T-Fal? Yeah, I notice the little things like that. :) Have a great day!

  2. says

    Yay! Another lover of Bar Keeper’s Friend! That stuff is amazing. I should go use mine…now. ;)

  3. says

    Now if you could only come over and clean my sink LOL!!! We use Bon Ami, but I will have to give this product a try. : )

  4. says

    Spray that sink with a little lemon vinegar, and you’ll have a shine that will be hard not to love!

    Can you find someone with a gross procelain sink, and do the same thing? Seems like only bleach works for getting out the gunk in the scratches. UGH.

    • CherylL says

      to get the gunk out of the scratches in your porcelain sink use a Mr. Clean Magic eraser sponge. I swear by this product for the worst messes. I use it on my white counters in my kitchen because they get stained easily and just wiping them off simply doesn’t get the grime out of the knicks in the counter.

  5. says

    I have avoided using that product because of the smell! But, OK, I’ll use it now that I see what a great job it does! Thanks for the gentle ‘push’! Dona

  6. says

    I use to have a SS sink and what a pain in the butt it was but I had to comment on that cute little framed chalk board you have on your wall over your sink. Love the color :)

  7. says

    Thank you for this!!! I have been struggling with an ugly, dirty stainless steel sink. I’ve scrubbed with everything! Or so I thought. Comet did nothing. Windex nothing. Nothing got rid of the grime in this ugly sink! When I saw your post today I realized I have the Barkeepers Friend, but have never tried it on a sink! Why did I not think of this? Duh! I jumped over to my dingy sink, grabbed that Barkeepers Friend and went about scrubbing away. It took some elbox grease too, but it’s finally cleaner. The faucet is sparkling and I never thought that could happen! Thank you for sharing and keeping it real!

  8. says

    I love Barkeeper’s Friend. I use it on my Ceramic Stovetop. Thanks for all your cleaning tips!
    Have a great week.
    House on the Way

  9. says

    Hi, I don’t think we have Barkeepers Friend in Australia. Any idea if there is a comparison product? I stumbled upon your blog from Savvy Southern Style and so glad I did! Can wait to clean my oven with all your tips! I’m a new subscriber and hope you will follow me too – Well, have to go. My oven waits for no man, just me. ;) Thanks, Julie

  10. says

    Haha! No worries, we all have crusty sinks. :) Great tutorial. I’ll have to look for some Barkeeper’s Friend.

  11. says

    Would you believe I just cleaned my kitchen sinks with Bar Keepers Friend. Amazing what that stuff can do.

  12. says

    I love Bar Keepers Friend. It works fabulously on my aluminum pots and pans, removing stubborn water spots, burnt on crud, even that “brown” film that builds up over time on the bottom of the pan. Patience is required by I tell you, my West Bend aluminum pots and pans, purchased in 1966 for my “Hope” chest (obviously, back in the day when girls still did that, LOL!), look brand spanking new after being continuously used since 1969 (the year I graduated from high school and moved into my first apartment with two other girls). It also shines up and removes water rinks and mineral build-up on my aluminum double sink (looks a lot like yours, actually), as well as in my bathroom sinks, tubs and toilets.

  13. says

    Great post! Love that you showed the before…looks just like my sink! Hope they have Bar Keepers Friend in Canada.

    I’m you’re newest follower….you had me when you showed how to clean the between the glass in the oven! Would love a follow back!

  14. says

    I didn’t realize you could use it on stainless. I always used it on my porcelain sink. Now I do have a stainless one….and you say it does not scratch the stainless….wow

  15. says

    Oh, I have a window over my sink, but I think I could add cabinets above it. I’m looking for more room in there. LOL I love seeing your kitchen because it is so much like mine you are giving me great ideas!

  16. Stephanie says

    Hi , I wanted to check with everyone an see if anyone knows how to get old nicotine off of cabinets because I just mmoved into my new home ” well older really but new to me … lol and I can’tfigure out what to do with this brown gunky lookin stuff an or how to remove it so PLEASE HELP ME OUT … THANK YOU IN ADVANCE !!!!

  17. says

    The final result is great! I have to give Bar Keeper’s Friend a try after this post!


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