The name “stainless” steel makes it look like the material is always clean. Perhaps you can imagine that you are leaning over your sink, so shiny and sparkling that you can use it as a mirror. In reality you lean forward and it is covered with water stains, soap scraps and pieces of food!
Yes, even stainless steel must be cleaned regularly! But many commercial stainless steel cleaners seem harsh and full of chemicals with names we can’t pronounce. Fortunately there are some great natural cleansers to use as an alternative. One of them costs practically nothing and is probably now in your cupboard: flour.
OK, well, so flour is not something we normally think of as a ‘cleaner’. But it can work to get your stainless steel sink spotless. That is because the small flower particles act as a mild abrasive, so all dirt on the surface and in the corners and holes of your sink is washed away.
However, there is a process that you must follow carefully. First, wipe the entire sink with an ordinary old kitchen spray. Hot soap water also works great. This step helps to get rid of some of the surface dirt, so that you can concentrate on polishing.
Then wipe the sink completely dry with a clean towel. And we mean it completely: after all, you are about to put flour in your sink. Unless you want to end up with a sticky, doughy mess, you want to keep that flour out of water!
Then sprinkle some flour over the surface of your sink. It is not necessary to measure in this case! You are only looking to make sure there is enough to scrub the flat parts of your sink, as well as any grooves where dirt may lurk. Take a clean, dry towel and start brushing over the sink in a circular motion. That, in combination with the floral scrub, gives your sink a nice shine.
At this point the skeptics among you say with horror: “Wait a minute. Please tell me that you are not going to flush all that flour down the drain!” It is true that flushing flour in your sink can be a recipe disasters, because it clogs the drainage of sewer pipes.
That’s why some say they don’t try the flower method at all. You can use the same polishing technique with baking soda, which dissolves in water and does not block your drain, instead of flour. But tell me to polish your sink quickly and not have baking soda – what do you do?
Go ahead and use the flower method, as long as you pay attention to erasing all the surplus when you’re done. You could use a towel to wipe the flour from the sink and in the trash. Some users have discovered that a rubber scraper is also very useful to get everything out of the sink.
Or you can follow the cunning suggestion of the magazine Southern Living. After you have finished brushing the sink, simply use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum all the flour straight out of the sink. A hose attachment or a hand model works great. Nice and easy!
Stainless steel sinks look great, but they also seem like a magnet for dirt. This polishing trick can be a nice way to quickly brush yours and add that extra shine to your kitchen. What do you think about the technology? Does it seem useful, or are you skeptical? Do you have any other tips for cleaning a stainless steel sink?