Learn how to get shine back in a white enamel sink with these simple instructions. Regularly wiping the sink out with a sponge or dish cloth will go a long way towards keeping it clean, but after a while, every sink starts to lose its luster. Here are three ways to make an enamel sink sparkle again.
- Boiling water and dish soap. Bring a full kettle to the boil. Wipe out any bits of food in the sink. Insert the sink's stopper and squeeze in a big spoonful of regular dish-washing soap. Pour boiling water into sink. Mix in enough warm tap water to fill the sink at least halfway. Let sit for an hour. Using a sponge or dish cloth, wipe the sides and bottom of the sink with the soapy water. Drain and rinse. Wipe dry. Admire the shine.
- Olive Oil. Wipe the sink out with soapy water and rinse. Dry with a cloth. Then pour about a tablespoon of olive oil onto a dish cloth or paper towel and rub it all around the sink. Add more olive oil as necessary. Dry the sparkling sink with a cloth.
- Baking soda and vinegar. Rinse the sink out well. Insert stopper. Sprinkle enough baking soda over the bottom to lightly cover it. Pour in about two cups of plain white vinegar. Use enough vinegar so that all of the baking soda starts to fizz. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe the paste all around the sink. Rinse well.
The kitchen sponge can also be cleaned and sanitized this way, so drop it into the sink before cleaning. Avoid harsh chemicals that "clean" your sink by polluting it and your environment. Try a safe, green dish soap for cleaning dishes and the sink. Save the planet and your wallet at the same time.