How to Clean and Remove Stains from Sinks

How to Clean and Remove Stains from Sinks
How to Clean and Remove Stains from Sinks
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From the blogger: "So, as you all know, I have been working diligently in my basement for the past couple of months. For the bathroom, I had set aside my grandparents’ old bathroom cabinet and this gorgeous, ancient, American Standard, cast iron sink! It was in one of the sheds and though I don’t know exactly how old it is, my guess is between 40-50 years. When I posted about our kitchen sink base, I had lots of questions on how to clean cast iron because, like this one, it was SO GROSS. So, I rolled up my sleeves and took lots of pictures of the process this time! This is how I removed stains from and cleaned cast iron sinks that are covered in total nasty! But first, check out this amazing sink!"

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Materials List

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • scrubby brush

DIY Project Instructions

  1. Thoroughly clean the sink with a DRY cloth firstly, get the worst of it you can before you add liquid to the situation.

  2. Dust a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the sink (close the drain) then sprinkle in a cup of vinegar so everything suds up and get to scrubbing.

  3. With very hot water go over everything and do the best you can getting it as clean as you can adding vinegar and baking soda as you go.

  4. Thoroughly dry and inspect sink.

  5. For the really tough stains that are still there make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and cover the stain for 24-48 hours before scrubbing again.

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Vinegar and baking soda and some elbow grease is what you need to get tough stains out of bathroom sinks. It works best for cast iron material though.

It is always so satisfying to see your hard pay off and these suggestions are great! I have also found that those magic erasers work great, as well as dawn dish soap with the baking soda. If your water is hard or softened may play a part in what solution works best, as well as what the 'gunk' is made of... Though usually soap residue and dirt, rust, but sometimes grease is a player too! Thanks for the great info!

I love this blogger's post and that old cast iron sink. I too use baking soda and vinegar for the tough cleaning jobs. The two work great to clean my gas oven. I sprinkle on baking soda and spray it with the vinegar and let it do the work. It bubbles and I let it set over night. The next morning I take hot water and a sponge and wipe off the burnt, greasy gunk. Works every time. Thank you for sharing this great how to.

Thanks for the information on cleaning your stove. I have tried cleaners but it never works. I am going to have to try this baking soda and vinegar and leave overnight and see if this works. Can you use this inside too and does it work on electric stoves?


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