Cleaning A Stainless Steel Sink

Clean water going down the drain in a stainless steel sink.

To make my stainless steel sink sparkle, I turn again to my standbys, baking soda and Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray. I made a handy shaker for my baking soda out of an old seasoning jar.

How to clean a stainless steel sink

Spray the sink down with the Sal Suds solution and then sprinkle the baking soda lightly. Using a stiff-bristled dish brush, scrub the sink vigorously, especially in the curves of the corners, and the top edge. You may need to apply some baking soda directly on to the brush in order to scrub the vertical surfaces. Be sure to scrub around the drain and the stoppers. Rinse with hot water and a washcloth, and dry fully with a towel.

It brings a shine to my whole kitchen when the sink is this clean. And since my kitchen is at the heart of my house, the shine carries over into other spaces, as well.

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Doris Bell says:

I don’t like the Toothpaste Ijust read you can use SalSuds to brush dentures I tried it and I like it for dentures.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Ruth- Yes, either Castile Soap and Sal Suds would do fine cleaning your copper sink.

Sal Suds Dilution Cheat Sheet says:

[…] Stainless Steel Sink: Spray and sprinkle with baking soda from a shaker. Then scrub. Cleaning A Stainless Steel Sink […]

Ana says:

I use baking soda on my glass top stove. After cleaning I use plain water to remove it and then use microfiber to polish it. My stove is over 7 years old and just the other day I got a compliment. Person said my appliances look new and was shocked to hear they’re that old. Over 30 glass spice jars on the counter told him the stove is actually being used 🙂

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Elizabeth – Awesome! I love hearing how sparkly clean everything is becoming! Thank you for sharing.

All the best,

Elizabeth says:

In a prior blog I mentioned how Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap did a beautiful job cleaning stainless steel appliances. Well I ordered a gallon of Sal Suds and created the solution according to your instructions. I am amazed at how well it also works on stainless steel. In fact, I use Sal Suds for just about everything in the kitchen to include granite countertops, stainless steel, small appliances, glass top stove surfaces, windows – just about everything. Both products do such a great job – I can’t find a need to use baking soda. I do, however, use Sal Suds and baking soda to remove soap scum in the bathroom shower which also does an amazing job. Thanks again!

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Elizabeth – Thank you for these excellent tips!

All the best,

Elizabeth says:

As a professional cleaner, I’m very careful not to use any scrub brush on a client’s stainless steel appliance – even the sink. A scrub brush can leave permanent scrub marks. Whenever possible, stainless should have a perfect non-scarred appearance including the sink. In some cases, using baking soda might be too aggressive an application.

Instead, try using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. Take a microfiber towel and soak it in hot water. Dab a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap onto the wet cloth. In this application, you want to see lathered suds. Always rub in the direction of the stainless steel. After a thorough cleaning, take a dry microfiber cloth and buff dry. I’ve found that the residual suds can be used as a polish during the final buffing stages. If this application is done regularly on all stainless steel – you’ll never need a scrub brush ever again for anything.

Lisa Bronner says:

Both these options sound great! Thanks for sharing them.

All the best,

Theresa says:

After seeing this, I dug through my cabinets and found my old Pampered Chef shaker jar. Its original purpose was for flour or powdered sugar, but I never really found much use for a little jar of flour or sugar that couldn’t be done with my fine mesh handled strainer, so it was pushed into a cupboard and forgotten. Now I have brought it out and filled it with baking soda! It has a fine mesh, domed top that delivers a nice even sprinkling of baking soda onto whatever I am cleaning. And it has a lid for mess free storage!

Livia says:

I use a parmesan cheese container for my baking soda. It also works great, but I imagine any kind of shaker type container will do the trick.

Lisa Bronner says:

@ Tom – That is an old taco seasoning container! Not too fancy, but it works great. I use it on all my sinks or anywhere that I need a little scouring agent.


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