Monday, August 22, 2011

How to get a Shiny Sink Without the Nasties

For a while I was really into the FlyLady. She's an online guru for de-cluttering and it was really great for us when we were trying to lose our slovenly ways. Her big thing is to shine your sink before you go to bed so that you wake up with it all beautiful. It's a really nice thing to do and got us into the habit of making sure the kitchen was really spotless after dinner.

However, her method involves lots of chemicals - bleach, Ajax etc. Here's how I do it using safer products. Warning - this is not going to be a pretty post! My sink's pretty old and (was) crusty and if I can get near-new looking results on it then yours will be amazing if it's newer.

First, dump a pile of Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) and/or salt in there. I prefer plain baking soda, but I was almost out that day so it's a mix.Then add a good squirt of whatever dishsoap you use. I use some hippy-dippy stuff (7th Generation normally) but Dawn or whatever you use is fine. Please note how disgusting my sink was, pre cleaning.

 Now get a scrubbie and scrub away. Because you're not using anything harsh you don't even need gloves! Woot! Make sure you get around the taps. Then rise it away and dry! Drying it is the most important step.

If you want to go one step further into insanity, you can use some Windex on it to really shine it, but I don't do it (and didn't for these pics). Then feel totally Martha Stewart.