Cleaning Ceramic – Enamel – and Stainless Steel Sinks

Absolutely indispensable in a kitchen, a sink needs to be well cleaned for health reasons as well as for the pleasure of cooking in an area that is clean and sanitary. Regular maintenance of kitchen sinks include occasional drain cleaning and odor control, but cleaning sinks is a common task many people do automatically without thinking about it, until their sink looks dull and they need a little help to make it shine again. Cleaning stainless steel sinks is not the same as cleaning enamel sinks, or man made material sinks and the products that may work on one surface may be harmful to another. In this article I give you a way to clean a stainless steel sink or to remove spots on a ceramic sink with every day safe products that only cost pennies and that you already have in your home.

Cleaning stainless steel sinks
Stainless steel sinks are the most commonly used in kitchens today. They can be adversely affected by hard water that leaves white spots, or they may have hard to remove spots left from food waste and grease. If these spots are not treated they eventually dull the look of sinks. Cleaning stainless steel sinks regularly is therefore essential to keep its shine.

While there are many products on the market for cleaning stainless steel sinks, it can be done with natural products found in every household pantry. For a daily cleaning use a liquid dish washing detergent instead of harsher products. To shine the sink, using inexpensive products you have around the house, you can use clear vinegar in a spray bottle, you can also add some mint leaves to the vinegar to add a little perfume to it. Spray the vinegar then moisten a steel wool pad with the vinegar you will see your sink regain its shine. Other home products that can help are soda bicarbonate also known as baking soda, or seltzer water, but the vinegar solution is the most effective. If your sink was treated to prevent scratches it is even easier to clean as you can use scouring sponges before shining.

Cleaning ceramic and enamel sinks
There are also ceramic or enamel sinks and they too can loose their shine due to greasy spots of various types. For these sinks too, a daily cleaning is recommended. Fill it with a hot water to with a few drops of bleach, then rinse well. If some spots persist you can apply a paste of coarse salt and vinegar, and of course rinse well. To make the sink shine use the abrasive side of a sponge with baking soda.

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